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A Scientific Companion to Robert Frost$
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Virginia F. Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781942954484

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781942954484.001.0001

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A Boy’s Will

A Boy’s Will

(p.9) Chapter One A Boy’s Will
A Scientific Companion to Robert Frost

Virginia F. Smith

Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes the scientific and natural allusions in Frost’s first collection, A Boy’s Will, which was published in 1913. The language and imagery in this collection are based on Frost’s observations of wild and domesticated plants and animals and draw on his experiences as a small family farmer and as an ardent naturalist. The poems in A Boy’s Will depict a man coming “into his own,” not only from boyhood to manhood, but from the wild freedom of bats, snakes, and vines, to the domestic realities of farm houses, fields, livestock, and a family. In poems such as “A Tuft of Flowers” and “Pan With Us,” Frost examines how the wild and the tamed meet and sometimes conflict. The chapter preface includes biographical material describing Frost’s scientific education and influences.

Keywords:   Robert Frost, Science, Farmer, Nature, Poetry, Scientific education

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