5 mar. 2004

Book of the day. A Boy's Will (1913). Cheap Dover edition of book.

"A boy's will is the wind's will, and the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts." That's where Frost's title comes from, although the edition I have doesn't have this line as an epigraph. He rhymes trees with breeze three times. There is little to suggest the mature Frost, although he was almost 40 when he published it. Yet North of Boston, published shortly after, contains chestnuts like "Mending Wall." "Something there is that doesn't hump a sump." That moralizing tendency in Frost is hard to take.