Burial Of A Home By Robert Frost

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Burial of a Home Robert Frost’s poem “Home Burial,” written in 1914, centers around the conversation of a married couple whose relationship is struggling after the death of their young child. A duality in meaning exists in the poem’s title, “Home Burial,” which references not only the death of their child but also the death of their marriage. Is the child’s death the sole cause of their marital distress? Robert Frost opens the poem in the couple’s home with the husband watching as his wife, Amy, begins to descend the staircase (1-2). After a few verses, the audience has become witnesses to the marriage’s descent into nothingness. The child’s grave lies forever in the background, framed by a small window at the top of the stairs (Frost 24-31). In Robert Frost’s “Home Burial”, the marriage of Amy and her husband is irreparable due to differences in expression, acceptance, and perception. The couple’s differences in expression have added to the breakdown of their marriage. Amy and her husband express their grief differently. The audience becomes privy to Amy’s emotional state when she begins to walk down the stairs as Frost writes, “Looking back over her shoulder at some fear. / She took a doubtful step and then undid it / To raise herself and look again.” (3-5). The movement she makes of removing “a doubtful step” while raising “herself” to “look again” indicates that she is unable to let go of whatever it is that is causing her “fear” (Frost 3-5). Since the child’s grave can
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