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Robert Frost’s poem, “Home Burial” is one of his earlier works. In it, he uses a dramatic lyric form that brings forth the emotions being felt by the husband and wife. It is a sad poem that is focused on two tragic events, one that has happened and one that is foreshadowed to happen. The first event and the key to the poem are the feelings of a couple towards each other in dealing with the loss of a child. The second event is the foreshadowing to and the end to a marriage. The poem also focuses on the communication barriers that have formed between the husband and the wife and how they are able to speak to each other but not seem to understand the other.
In the poem “Home Burial”, Robert Frost takes the roll of the husband and lets his wife, Elinor, take the roll of Amy. At the beginning of the poem, Amy walks down the stairs while glancing back and undoing the step she took. She would then proceed to raise herself and look at what she looking at before she undid her step. She was looking out to the family cemetery and at the grave of their passed child.
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After he once more complained that he can’t speak of his child’s death, she says to him “You can’t because you don’t know how to speak./ If you had any feelings, you that dug/ With your own hand – how could you? – his little grave;/ Making the gravel leap and leap in air,/ Leap up, like that, and land so lightly/ And roll back down the mound beside the hole./ I thought, Who is this man? I didn’t know you” (71-78). She tries to blame him and make him the source of her mourning. Nearing the end of the poem, the husband has lost all his patience trying to get his wife to listen and understand him. He just states that she can go for now but that he will get her later. The last two lines of the poem are “Where do you mean to go? First tell me that./ I’ll follow and bring you back by force. I will! –“

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