Essays / Poems

Frost and Longfellow: Unpacking “A Boy’s Will”

Did you know the title of Frost’s first collection A Boy’s Will is an allusion to the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem “My Lost Youth”?

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will,/
And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”

-the refrain from “My Lost Youth”. Read the whole thing at Poetry Foundation

CHECK OUT this fantastic article from the Colby archives on A Boy’s Will and Longfellow’s influence on Frost.

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