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A Boy’s Will (1913) is a collection of poems by American poet Robert Frost. Published in London and dedicated to the poet’s wife, Elinor, A Boy’s Will, which received enthusiastic early reviews from both Ezra Pound and W.B. Yeats, launched Frost’s career as America’s leading poet of the early-twentieth century. Invoking such figures as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, and Thomas Hardy, Frost ties himself to tradition while establishing his own poetic legacy, grounded in an intuitive sense of rural New England life and the subtleties of the soul.

“Into My Own,” the collection’s opening poem, reveals the poet’s strange wish to “steal away” into “those dark trees, / So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze.” Without fear, he welcomes uncertainty, ventures into it willingly, knowing it is the only way to live. In “Ghost House,” the poet enters a realm of shades and spirits, an underworld of memory where “a lonely house” has left “no trace but the cellar walls.” As he moves through this twilight landscape, encountering the “mute folk…Who share the unlit place” with him, the poet meditates on life and death, their proximity and distance, and his own sense of self within both. “Mowing” envisions the poet’s work through the prism of rural labor. “There was never a sound beside the wood but one / And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground. / What was it it whispered?” The speaker does not know, but continues his task, hypnotized by its rhythm and music.

With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Robert Frost’s A Boy’s Will is a classic of American literature reimagined for modern readers.



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Date de parution 01 février 2021
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EAN13 9781513275901
Langue English
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A Boy’s Will
Robert Frost

A Boy’s Will was first published in 1913.
This edition published by Mint Editions 2020.
ISBN 9781513270906 | E-ISBN 9781513275901
Published by Mint Editions®
Publishing Director: Jennifer Newens
Design & Production: Rachel Lopez Metzger
Project Manager: Micaela Clark
Typesetting: Westchester Publishing Services

C ONTENTS P ART I I NTO M Y O WN The youth is persuaded that he will be rather more than less himself for having forsworn the world. G HOST H OUSE He is happy in society of his choosing. M Y N OVEMBER G UEST He is in love with being misunderstood. L OVE AND A Q UESTION He is in doubt whether to admit real trouble to a place beside the hearth with love. A L ATE W ALK He courts the autumnal mood. S TARS There is no oversight of human affairs. S TORM F EAR He is afraid of his own isolation. W IND AND W INDOW F LOWER Out of the winter things he fashions a story of modern love. T O THE T HAWING W IND ( AUDIO ) He calls on change through the violence of the elements. A P RAYER IN S PRING He discovers that the greatness of love lies not in forward-looking thoughts; F LOWER - GATHERING nor yet in any spur it may be to ambition. R OSE P OGONIAS He is no dissenter from the ritualism of nature; A SKING FOR R OSES nor from the ritualism of youth which is make-believe. W AITING A FIELD AT D USK He arrives at the turn of the year. I N A V ALE Out of old longings he fashions a story. A D REAM P ANG He is shown by a dream how really well it is with him. I N N EGLECT He is scornful of folk his scorn cannot reach. T HE V ANTAGE P OINT And again scornful, but there is no one hurt. M OWING He takes up life simply with the small tasks. G OING FOR W ATER P ART II R EVELATION He resolves to become intelligible, at least to himself, since there is no help else; T HE T RIAL BY E XISTENCE and to know definitely what he thinks about the soul; I N E QUAL S ACRIFICE about love; T HE T UFT OF F LOWERS about fellowship; S POILS OF THE D EAD about death; P AN WITH U S about art (his own); T HE D EMIURGE’S L AUGH about science. P ART III N OW C LOSE THE W INDOWS It is time to make an end of speaking. A L INE - STORM S ONG It is the autumnal mood with a difference. O CTOBER He sees days slipping from him that were the best for what they were. M Y B UTTERFLY There are things that can never be the same. R ELUCTANCE


One of my wishes is that those dark trees,
So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze,
Were not, as ’twere, the merest mask of gloom,
But stretched away unto the edge of doom.
I should not be withheld but that some day
Into their vastness I should steal away,
Fearless of ever finding open land,
Or highway where the slow wheel pours the sand.
I do not see why I should e’er turn back,
Or those should not set forth upon my track
To overtake me, who should miss me here
And long to know if still I held them dear.
They would not find me changed from him they knew—
Only more sure of all I thought was true.

I dwell in a lonely house I know
That vanished many a summer ag

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