Visual Imagery in Frost's Home Burial Essay

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Visual Imagery in Frost's Home Burial Frost, within his poems, seems primarily concerned with the reader’s ability to comprehend the psychological “landscape” of the person (or persons) that he is depicting. This aspect of his works, as well as his great love of nature and landscape depiction, both contribute to the environment that he has created within “Home Burial”. The reader of “Home Burial” does not achieve a comprehensive view of the psychological landscape of the two characters through first person accounts; however, throughout the dialogue and the interaction of the two characters, the reader may come to infer the major psychological attributes of each and to understand the dynamic within that relationship under the…show more content…
This reversal of roles continues, as the husband ascends the staircase, approaching Amy’s world of emotion, trying to find out “What it is” that she sees that he does not. He must ascend the stairs to achieve this insight, because he must utilize Amy’s emotion that is “So small the window frames the whole of it”. The comment on the part of the man that the window frame is “not much larger than a bedroom”(25-26) allows the reader to infer that the dynamic that is being experienced in this discourse is the sum of their relationship, and that all feeling and connection that the relationship had was dissolved with the death of their child. This creates a feeling of confinement within this dynamic, as does the staircase, each only able to move up or down in opposition to one another, but never able to “expand” outward within the constraints of their relationship. The concept of “blindness” plays into this symbolic world as well, Amy calling her husband a “blind creature”(16). The combination of these two specific terms is what gives the reader such a visual concept of the husband’s psychological make-up. He is, here, not only a creature, one who is unable to experience human emotions entirely, but a “blind” creature, devoid of both the ability to see

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