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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar (June 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1110398026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1110398027
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,343,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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Format: Kindle Edition
This is Frost’s first book of poems, published in 1913, and it set him on the path that we are all familiar with. What surprised me is that this was published when Frost was 38 years old — and he still accomplished so much after this book. The poems reflect Frost’s interest in the rural landscape, the individuality of a person, and ruminations on our place in the world. Like many good writers, Frost is easy to read, but also not content with an unexamined life. He avoids the pretentiousness of many writers and manages to say more in the process. When poets become popular (e.g. Mary Oliver), some people tend to see them as superficial. Instead, they are often strong poets who have found a way to connect their art with the public. Frost did this.

“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:

“Storm Fear”

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,
The beast,
‘Come out! Come out!’–
It costs no inward struggle not to go,
Ah, no!
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.
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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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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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Early Robert Frost, including some of the best known poems? For free? What could possibly be wrong with that?

Perhaps not the best formatting job in the known universe, but the poems are there in handy electronic form.
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