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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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North of Boston

North of Boston

(p.31) Chapter Two North of Boston
A Scientific Companion to Robert Frost

Virginia F. Smith

Liverpool University Press

North of Boston was published in 1914, just a year after A Boy's Will, while the Frost family was in England’s scenic West Country. The poems, many of which are long, dramatic narratives, are mostly inspired by the people, nature, and society of rural New England, but we do see some influence of his time in the United Kingdom, most notably in the poem “Mending Wall.” The poetic subjects and sources in North of Boston are similar to those in A Boy’s Will, but Frost introduces more precision into his poetry by using proper nouns and technical terms, especially those related to farming and botany. Poems such as “The Death of the Hired Man” and “After Apple-Picking” contain examples of specific agricultural and botanical language.

Keywords:   Robert Frost, Nature, Farming, Botany, Poetry

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