A Boy's Will

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A Boy's Will  (1915) 
by Robert Frost
His first book of poetry, A Boy's Will, was first published by David Nutt in 1913 OCLC 1214302all editions, and by Holt in 1915 OCLC 869355all editions.


A BOY'S WILL

BY

ROBERT FROST

AUTHOR OF "NORTH OF BOSTON"


NEW YORK

HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

1915

TO

E. M. F.

CONTENTS
PART I

page

11
 
The youth is persuaded that he will be rather more than less himself for having forsworn the world.
12
 
He is happy in society of his choosing.
He is in love with being misunderstood.
He is in doubt whether to admit real trouble to a place beside the hearth with love.
17
 
He courts the autumnal mood.
18
 
There is no oversight of human affairs.
19
 
He is afraid of his own isolation.
Out of the winter things he fashions a story of modern love.
He calls on change through the violence of the elements.
He discovers that the greatness of love lies not in forward-looking thoughts;
24
 
nor yet in any spur it may be to ambition.
25
 
He is no dissenter from the ritualism of nature;
27
 
nor from the ritualism of youth which is make-believe.
29
 
He arrives at the turn of the year.
31
 
Out of old longings he fashions a story.
33
 
He is shown by a dream how really well it is with him.
34
 
He is scornful of folk his scorn cannot reach.
35
 
And again scornful, but there is no one hurt.
36
 
He takes up life simply with the small tasks.
37
 


PART II
39
 
He resolves to become intelligible, at least to himself, since there is no help else;
and to know definitely what he thinks about the soul;
In Equal Sacrifice
44
 
about love;
The Tuft of Flowers
47
 
about fellowship;
Spoils of the Dead
50
 
about death;
Pan with Us
52
 
about art (his own);
The Demiurge's Laugh
54
 
about science.


PART III
Now Close the Windows
55
 
It is time to make an end of speaking.
A Line-Storm Song
56
 
It is the autumnal mood with a difference.
October
58
 
He sees days slipping from him that were the best for what they were.
My Butterfly
59
 
There are things that can never be the same.
Reluctance
62
 



Certain of these, poems are reprinted by courteous permission from:—The Forum, The Independent, The Companion.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1963, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 50 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.