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A Boy's Will [Kindle Edition]

Robert Frost
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Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century,[3] Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He became one of America's rare "public literary figures, almost an artistic institution." He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetical works.

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  • File Size: 98 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1110398026
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars How the world found Frost October 26, 2004
Robert Frost came into public view with "A Boy's Will," his first short collection of poetry. While Frost's "voice" is a bit unformed in these poems, the rich ponderings of nature and love are never stronger, full of "sun-saturated meadows," November-loving girls, and pearly streams.

"I should not be withheld but that some day/Into their vastness I should steal away," Frost announces in his first poem. He follows up this statement with everything from eerie story-poems ("Love and a Question") to exultant ("A Prayer in Spring") to melancholy meditations on nature's beauty, love, and broken hearts.

Poets take awhile to reach their peak, and Frost was still starting out in "A Boy's Will." That said, it's astounding how good he was even in his first volume of poetry (though at times the rhymes are a little too simple, and the subjects don't vary much). Most striking is Frost's passion -- his enthusiasm, sorrow and thoughts seem to spill off the page.

What really makes Frost's poetry come alive is his descriptions of nature -- one poem is entirely devoted to a moonlit search for a brook, since the well has gone dry. Sylvan god Pan even makes a cameo in one poem, an enjoyable little bit about Pan surveying an uninhabited forest. However, he ventures out of the woods from time to time, such as the stirring historical poem "In Equal Sacrifice," about Douglas carrying Robert the Bruce's heart to the Holy Land.

"A Boy's Will" is a stirring -- though very short -- collection of Robert Frost's poetry, and has the prestige of introducing this poet to the world. While Frost's poetry still had some growing pains, its beauty and richness make up for any flaws.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Into My Own May 1, 2010
Frost wrote this first collection of poems when he was forty, and it was published to rather diminutive attention in England, where Frost was staying. There were not many favorable American reviews, except for Ezra Pound's, who, like Emerson noticing Whitman, saw something of the poet in Frost. I have little else to add to Solinas's review except that these poems are not entitled A Man's Will, but A Boy's Will. This, I think, is Frost's aknowledgment of his immaturity, his ambition, and the continued wonder and fascination of his poetic eye, which, like the Wordsworth in Tintern Abbey, mingles the awe of childhood with the draughts of age.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robert Frost a Boy's Will August 16, 2012
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This is a reproduction of an original work. I find it a little difficult on the kindle. No index to click right to a certain poem. I changed the formatting around and still didn't seem to find the right one. I looked at other reviews and they seemed to have same problems. So I knew what I was getting and willing to work around that for the free cost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frost Fan February 4, 2013
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I never tire of reading Frost's poetry. Love to see how he manipulates the English language to get full use of nuances.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was good December 13, 2012
By Jordon
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The extra content supplied in the beginning of the book is helpful to poetry readers just starting out like me it was great to have something translate the complexity of the poems that I could understand
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2.0 out of 5 stars Love Frost, but not in Kindle format December 10, 2012
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Yes, the book was inexpensive on Kindle, but I had hoped to listen to the automaton read his words. Forget it. Just a garble of lines and poems run together.

Some books actually sound okay on the auto reader. Not this one.

Buy a good compilation of Frost hardcover, or look up individual poems on the internet, but this is the wrong format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Boy's Will September 29, 2012
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Frost is music, Frost is freedom, Frost is genius! His work represents a gentle America in the center of the universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Love Dies August 19, 2014
By Stephie
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A roller coaster ride for main character - he falls in love, she does not return his love , runs off with another man, and after not seeing him for a few years - she begs to stay with him. Dramatic, sad and turmoil of emotions. I watched TCM awhile ago, and apparently Bette Davis played the in and out user of main character. Loved this book.
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Published 4 days ago by Leggy05
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book in a poor presentation
The content is great, but I am giving 2 starts to this books because it is not well formatted: some pages are presented in a Courier font. Probably it is OK for a free book.
Published 11 days ago by Hector Rodriguez
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Published 27 days ago by coreypierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert frosts poems
This book was formatted properly, all the poems were lined up correctly. This book was as I expected, a collection of poems.
Published 5 months ago by Naturallia
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine poetry for free
Early Robert Frost, including some of the best known poems? For free? What could possibly be wrong with that? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jessica Weissman
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible production value
This edition of Frost's classic is produced with all the style of a government report. All the words are there, but the poems are presented artlessly, as though they had been... Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Gooch
2.0 out of 5 stars Free is not always what it's cracked up to be.
As with the North of Boston and Mountain Interval, A Boy's Will was really not worth downloading even though it and the other two were free. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars so good!
This was a great read. It's was incredible reflective. I enjoy every moment in reading this book and I plan on re-reading it very soon.
Published 17 months ago by Tiffany
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