Frost Essay

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Robert Frost’s “Home Burial” and “The Death of a Hired Man”

Snezana Miletic
Assignment 2
Nov 13/12
ENGL 344
Bill Macnaughton In “Home Burial” and “The Death of a Hired Man,” Robert Frost uses sorrow to express the effect of death on the living. These poems show different families that are dealing with death and the ways that they refuse to romanticise grief. In “Home Burial”, a woman is unable to move on from the loss of her child, which results in the separation from her husband. In “The Death of a Hired Man,” a married couple express their different feelings toward a man who used to work for them and that had come home to die. In these poems, the husband and
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From this example, we are able to recognize the tension between the couple. The wife’s refusal to answer creates a barrier between herself and her husband. As a result, they are unable to share their intimate feelings with each other. In the second section of the poem, we learn that their child had passed away. The husband looks out the window and states: “The little graveyard where my people are / So small the window frames the whole of it”(Frost 24-25). He is not able to understand his wife’s obsession with the sight of the cemetery. The husband talks about the “child’s mound” (Frost 30) and explains that he has buried his son in the family plot. He does not understand the reason that his wife is so mad at him. He tries to talk to his wife about their dead son but is only rejected with her cries, “Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t”(Frost 32). The repetition expresses the grief of the wife and her ability to accept the loss of her son. She cannot stand the mention of her son’s passing and wants to run away from their house. She wants to hide from her emotions. The husband wants to help her and pleads for her to stay, “Amy! Don’t go to someone else this time / Listen to me I won’t come down the stairs” (Frost 41-42). He does not want her to find another person to talk about her sorrow. The husband tells his wife that he has difficulty talking to her: “My words are nearly always and offense / I don’t know how

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