North of Boston

(Poetry; Henry Holt, 1915)


Though he is a seminal American poet, it was not until the second printing of Robert Frost’s second book that American readers were introduced to his poems. On a whim, in the last few months of 1912, the young poet and his wife had upped sticks and gone to England, where Frost’s first manuscript, A Boy’s Will, quickly found a publisher. North of Boston came in quick succession, performing well and earning Frost a trial publication in the States. The First World War broke out, and the California-born poet left for New England to become Robert Frost.

Today Frost’s celebrity in America has gotten so ahead of his poetry that the poetry may never catch up.

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