A Boy's Will
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A BOY'S WILL
AUTHOR OF "NORTH OF BOSTON"
HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY
E. M. F.
- The youth is persuaded that he will be rather more than less himself for having forsworn the world.
- 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.
- He courts the autumnal mood.
- There is no oversight of human affairs.
- 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;
- nor yet in any spur it may be to ambition.
- He is no dissenter from the ritualism of nature;
- nor from the ritualism of youth which is make-believe.
- He arrives at the turn of the year.
- Out of old longings he fashions a story.
- He is shown by a dream how really well it is with him.
- He is scornful of folk his scorn cannot reach.
- And again scornful, but there is no one hurt.
- He takes up life simply with the small tasks.
- 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;
- about love;
- about fellowship;
- about death;
- about art (his own);
- about science.
- It is time to make an end of speaking.
- It is the autumnal mood with a difference.
- He sees days slipping from him that were the best for what they were.
- There are things that can never be the same.
Certain of these poems are reprinted by courteous permission from:—The Forum, The Independent, The Companion.