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Analysis and comments on The Death of the Hired Man by Robert Frost

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Comment 15 of 585, added on April 8th, 2008 at 9:59 AM.

well this poem is interesting but FRESHMEN IN HIGH SCHOOL cannot be
expected to understand the full meaning of it can they? we are expected to
get a full college analysis on this... it sucks

meg from United States
Comment 14 of 585, added on January 9th, 2008 at 1:59 AM.

I am a senior in a well to-do high school in Iowa. I am actually taking a
college english class where we are on a unit of poetry. Now I have read
many Robert Frost poems but this seems to be the first ive read where it
doesnt really have a underlying meaning. It's pretty straight forward
almost novel written. And I believe Silas came back, because im sure he
felt guilty for taking advantage of Mary and Warren and thier kindess. And
that he called their little farm home for the kindness they showed to him.

Ali Thomas from United States
Comment 13 of 585, added on August 28th, 2007 at 12:56 AM.

I have always loved this poem. Having been born, in 1931, on a farm in New
England,son of a simple man, who despite having left school after
completing sixth grade, had a great love for poetry and who used to
entertain my brother and me by reciting poetry. He had committed to memory
literally scores of poems, and could recite them without flaw and with
great passion.By the time I was 8 I had learned Longfellow's Song of
Hiawatha and Evangeline in their entirety, as well as Charge of the Light
Brigade, Laska, The Raven, Annabell Lee and Bingen on the Rhine.
He loved Kipling, Sir Walter Scott, and most of all Robert Burns.
Reading Death of the Hired Man takes me back to those magical evenings when
Dad would recite poetry. This was my TV.
Truly a trip to the past. Thank you dad!

Bion Blunt from United States
Comment 12 of 585, added on June 1st, 2007 at 3:24 AM.

This work, by one of the finest, most sensitive poets ever to be published
in America, shows such a depth of understanding and compassion for human
experience, that an intelligent reader should invariably feel an undeniable
sense of growth after having studied it. The subtleness of the meter and
form gives the feeling of prose, yet at closer examination, it is clearly a
work of iambic pentameter throughout. The several characters in this
brilliant piece are fully developed, and one can feel that they know all
the individuals well; not only Mary and Warren, ut of course Silas, Harold
Wilson and Silas' brother. I was literally moved to tears when I first
read it, and it remains one of the most poignant and inspirationa works I
have ever read. I hope the literary public is populated by readers and
writers who can gain from such brilliance as that of Robert Frost, and that
the trogloditic opinions expressed by TJ Cusack in his comments reflect a
very negligible minority. I also would like to say that it is unfortunate
that this website allows obscene language such as that used by TJ Cusack.
Such comments should be removed.

RC from United States
Comment 11 of 585, added on December 10th, 2006 at 7:04 PM.

This poem represents a theme that we have lived in our own experience our
whole lives. The fact of this reality is bull shit, and Robert Frost is
trying to corrupt the mind of the reader and make the reader feel guilty in
his past experience. I say screw your own history and move forward with a
high fucking head!

TJ Cusack from United States
Comment 10 of 585, added on April 7th, 2006 at 7:52 AM.

I see some of the themes such as coming home, and reminising about the past
but are there any more hidden themes than that???

BRINKLES from United States
Comment 9 of 585, added on April 7th, 2006 at 7:46 AM.

I see now,he came back because this was the closest thing he had to a
Thanks,bye bye.

BRINKLES from United States
Comment 8 of 585, added on April 6th, 2006 at 7:40 PM.

Earl Newman from United States said "Mary define home as, “Home is the
place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” Here we
see the essential definition of the concept of home. Warren follows this by
stating, “I should have called it something you somehow haven’t to

however, he is incorrect. Mary is the one who says the latter, and Warren
the former...

Mike Kalajian from United States
Comment 7 of 585, added on April 6th, 2006 at 7:34 AM.

After all he has been through I don't see why Silas would come back. I do
understand his past history here but why come back???

BRINKLES from United States
Comment 6 of 585, added on March 16th, 2006 at 1:30 AM.

this poem is very intense and the lines of Mary pulls u into the story.
Frost speaks of how some people could be attached to us eventhough we think
otherwise. the lines
"'he has come home to die:
You needn't be afraid he'll leave you this time.'
'Home,' he mocked gently.
'Yes, what else but home?
It all depends on what you mean by home.
Of course he's nothing to us, any more
then was the hound that came a stranger to us
Out of the woods, worn out upon the trail.'
'Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.'"
is very poignant and well threaded in the poem.
love it so much.

steve from India

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 2. The Death of the Hired Man
Volume: North of Boston
Year: 1914
Added: Feb 1 2004
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