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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
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.

TO THE THAWING WIND
He calls on change through the violence of the elements.

A PRAYER IN SPRING
He discovers that the greatness of love lies not in forward-looking thoughts;

FLOWER-GATHERING
nor yet in any spur it may be to ambition.

ROSE POGONIAS
He is no dissenter from the ritualism of nature;

ASKING FOR ROSES

nor from the ritualism of youth which is make-believe.

WAITING—AFIELD AT DUSK
He arrives at the turn of the year.

IN A VALE
Out of old longings he fashions a story.

A DREAM PANG
He is shown by a dream how really well it is with him.

IN NEGLECT

He is scornful of folk his scorn cannot reach

THE VANTAGE POINT
And again scornful, but there is no one hurt

MOWING
He takes up life simply with the small tasks

GOING FOR WATER


PART II
REVELATION
He resolves to become intelligible, at. least to himself, since there is no help else ;

THE TRIAL BY EXISTENCE

and to know definitely what he thinks about the soul;

IN EQUAL SACRIFICE

about love;

THE TUFT OF FLOWERS
about fellowship;

SPOILS OF THE DEAD
about death;

PAN WITH US
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