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North of Boston published in England in May of 1914 was Robert Frosts second book following A Boys Will which had been published the year before In 1915 it was published in America preceding A Boys Will here The book is markedly different from A Boys Will in that it is less introspective and more in an objective mode In the first book Frost gives us a speaker who in most cases is ruminative and reflective North of Boston gives us more dialogue and the poems are more like stories Frost has drawn for us quaint pictures of New England life and uses these seemingly simple settings to render intimations of meaning that are truly vast in range As Lawrence Thompson says in his book Robert Frost he portrays a variety of rural New England responses to the human predicament not for purposes of recording local color but rather to evoke universal extensions of meaning9 In this book Frost provides opposing viewpoints to explore a variety of subjects through the interaction of people North of Boston intersperses lyric poems with lyric moments in non-lyric poems The book is written almost entirely in blank verse framed by the monologues Mending Wall in the beginning and The Wood-Pile as the last poem Good Hours was added in italics at the end Frost himself downplayed the importance of any sense of meaning in these poems Meaning is a great consideration But a story must never seem to be told primarily for meaning Anything an inspired irrelevance even to make it sound as if told the way it is chiefly because it happened that way Pritchard 93 Frost was able to recreate the natural homely sound of the speech of rural New England people he was trying to be a poet for the masses but in a new and distinctive way Later he would refine this idea into his sound of sense theory of poetics which he was already
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