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Robert Frost (1874–1963). A Boy’s Will. 1915.


Part I
  1. Into My Own The youth is persuaded that he will be rather more than less himself for having forsworn the world.
  2. Ghost House He is happy in society of his choosing.
  3. My November Guest He is in love with being misunderstood.
  4. Love and a Question He is in doubt whether to admit real trouble to a place beside the hearth with love.
  5. A Late Walk He courts the autumnal mood.
  6. Stars There is no oversight of human affairs.
  7. Storm Fear He is afraid of his own isolation.
  8. Wind and Window Flower Out of the winter things he fashions a story of modern love.
  9. To the Thawing Wind He calls on change through the violence of the elements.
  10. A Prayer in Spring He discovers that the greatness of love lies not in forward-looking thoughts;
  11. Flower-gathering nor yet in any spur it may be to ambition.
  12. Rose Pogonias He is no dissenter from the ritualism of nature;
  13. Asking for Roses nor from the ritualism of youth which is make-believe.
  14. Waiting—Afield at Dusk He arrives at the turn of the year.
  15. In a Vale Out of old longings he fashions a story.
  16. A Dream Pang He is shown by a dream how really well it is with him.
  17. In Neglect He is scornful of folk his scorn cannot reach.
  18. The Vantage Point And again scornful, but there is no one hurt.
  19. Mowing He takes up life simply with the small tasks.
  20. Going for Water
Part II
  1. Revelation He resolves to become intelligible, at least to himself, since there is no help else;
  2. The Trial by Existence and to know definitely what he thinks about the soul;
  3. In Equal Sacrifice about love;
  4. The Tuft of Flowers about fellowship;
  5. Spoils of the Dead about death;
  6. Pan with Us about art (his own);
  7. The Demiurge’s Laugh about science.
Part III
  1. Now Close the Windows It is time to make an end of speaking.
  2. A Line-storm Song It is the autumnal mood with a difference.
  3. October He sees days slipping from him that were the best for what they were.
  4. My Butterfly There are things that can never be the same.
  5. Reluctance