Form and Content

(Survey of Young Adult Fiction)

The fifty-one poems in Robert Frost’s You Come Too: Favorite Poems for Young Readers are organized into sections according to subject, each section titled with a line from one of the poems that follow. The first grouping, for example, is titled “I’m going out . . . ” (from “The Pasture”) and contains poems about walking out of doors. The poems in this section concern the same general subject; however, they represent a variety of specific themes, from simple delight in farm scenes in “The Pasture” to complex considerations of loneliness in “Acquainted with the Night.”

The title page for each section includes an original wood engraving illustration by Thomas W. Nason, and fourteen additional Nason engravings appear on the cover and throughout the book. A foreword by Frost’s friend Hyde Cox introduces the poems and provides young people with sensible suggestions about reading poems.

You Come Too contains representative selections of Frost’s poems. It includes many of the commonly anthologized pieces, such as “The Pasture,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” and “The Road Not Taken,” as well as less well known poems. Among these are “Good Hours,” in which an alienated speaker seems shut out of the warm homes he walks by, and “The Telephone,” in which the speaker fancies that he hears a loved one calling him from a flower.

The collection contains lyric poems such as “A...

(The entire section is 427 words.)