Essays / Poems

Frost, Longfellow, & “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.”

—from “My Lost Youth” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Read the whole poem here, then check out this fantastic article from the Colby archives on A Boy’s Will and Longfellow’s influence on Frost.

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