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Robert Frost: Home Burial

robert Frost: Home Burial

However, it is not reasonable to use his power against his wife when she is in a depression. Place yourself here in either positionbetter in hisand youll see what I mean. However the meaning of the term Burial is connected for some sad feelings. Her husband's response of laughing and accepting his curse echoes the urging of Job 's wife to "Curse God and die" (Job 2:9 only in this situation the wife has replaced God as the moral authority.

robert Frost: Home Burial

Against this he is powerless, since her access to that infinity, her absorption by and commerce with it, is backed in his eyes by the whole mythology of the opposite sexby the whole notion of the alternative being impressed upon him by her at this. On returning home, he talks of daily concerns. While James Joyce uses the window in his short story to combine present and past Frost uses the window to indicate the narrow mind and the lack of understanding of the lady. It is as if even the proportions of the poem - its form and decorum - much less those of mourning, must be swelled out of proper shape by the wife's obsession with her grievances.

In the next line, "The little graveyard where my people are!" we feel not only the triumph of the slow person at last comprehending, but also the tender, easy accustomedness of habit, of long use, of a kind of cozy social continuancefor him the graves. Ceasing to grieve would destroy this consolation, would destroy the only way of life she has managed to find. Hence, she "must get out of here" (line 37 "somewhere out of this house" (line 113) - this poem, too. In "Home Burial" we are left a capacious space in which to imagine the transformation of a prior intimacy into an utter fracture of relationship. In "Home Burial" this ancient distinction becomes complicated. To raise herself and look again. Then she walks down to see her husband's shoes stained with fresh earth, his spade standing against the wall in the entryway. The next line, "She let him look, sure that he wouldn't see reminds one of some mother bird so certain that her nest is hidden that she doesn't even flutter off, but sits there on it, risking what is no risk, in complacent superiority. God, if I don't believe I'm cursed " he says, and indeed he is being "cursed there is no word more apt for what she says to him. What he says twice over (this is the third time already that he has repeated something) is a rhetorical question, a querulous, plaintive appeal to public opinion: "Can't a man speak of his own child he's lost?" He does not say specifically, particularly, with confidence. May I go so far as to suggest that that would mean a loss of advantage, not to mention that it would be the end of the poem?

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