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A Boy's Will Paperback – June 4, 2009
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"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.
“Mowing” and “Reluctance” are two of the better-known poems hers. There are many recordings of Frost’s own straightforward style of reading. Here is a recording of him reading “Mowing.”
Personally, I returned several times to:
When the wind works against us in the dark,
And pelts with snow
The lower chamber window on the east,
And whispers with a sort of stifled bark,
‘Come out! Come out!’–
It costs no inward struggle not to go,
I count our strength,
Two and a child,
Those of us not asleep subdued to mark
How the cold creeps as the fire dies at length,–
How drifts are piled,
Dooryard and road ungraded,
Till even the comforting barn grows far away,
And my heart owns a doubt
Whether ’tis in us to arise with day
And save ourselves unaided.
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.
Perhaps not the best formatting job in the known universe, but the poems are there in handy electronic form.
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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 months ago by Hector Rodriguez
This book was formatted properly, all the poems were lined up correctly. This book was as I expected, a collection of poems.Published 16 months ago by Naturallia
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 morePublished on January 7, 2014 by J. Gooch
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 morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Mr. Nick
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 on September 25, 2013 by Tiffany