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Analysis and comments on Home Burial by Robert Frost

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Comment 11 of 81, added on April 3rd, 2006 at 3:16 PM.

Merve I have to agree with you with all that is said!

After researching Frost, I have came to find out about his own loss of his
children. Throughout his life he had a lot of death that engulfed him. The
meaning of this is that everyone he cared for ended up dying earlier than
expected. His son Elliot died at age 4, his daughter Elinor Bettina died
when she was 3 days old, his wife suffers fom a miscarriage, two of his
daughters suffered mental breakdowns and died, and his son Carol committed
suicide. So I believe that Frost knew exactly what he wanted to portray in
this story. I believe that in the time this poem was wrote you have to
realize that the father would want the very best for his child in death and
that the mother did not understand what the father was trying to do. The
father built the casket for his son(it was his responsiblity to take care
of the burial while the mother mourns over the death of her child) as his
turn to mourn comes in later after his son's burial was complete! Why else
do you believe that he buried the child in his yard? He wanted to remember
his child always and keep him close, so he could oversee the care of his
grave. Yes, I agree with Merve, the Father has to mourn in his own way. As
for the Mother, she wants all the attention on herself and this keeps her
blinded from what her husband is actually doing for their son!

Kara from United States
Comment 10 of 81, added on March 26th, 2006 at 5:18 PM.

I had never before today come across "Home Burial," although I am a
longtime fan of Robert Frost. This poem is beautifully, brutally real.
Overwhelming grief, alienation from those to whom we are closest are
universal experiences. Frost captures the pain and confusion well.

Tori from United States
Comment 9 of 81, added on February 6th, 2006 at 8:58 PM.

Writing a 5 page essay on frost, seriously it's not easy to do..theres not
much to say.. hopefully i can get some stuff out of this poem.
And it's from personal experience, that's what poems are expression of deep
feeling, obviously he's going to write about something as deep as his son
dying, he's a poet.

Comment 8 of 81, added on February 1st, 2006 at 6:50 PM.

this was an interesting poem. it was sad and long but one of the more
interesting frost poems that i have read and analyzed thus far.

stacy from Trinidad and Tobago, Republic
Comment 7 of 81, added on January 30th, 2006 at 4:56 PM.

Frost handles the topic of a dying child very skillfully. While, the
phrasing at times in ackward in the piece, the sentiment and frustration on
the part of the husband and wife is authentic. "Home Burial," is a mostly
successful poem. The image that stays with me is imagining the wife
watching the husband digging the grave. I can see her being utterly amazed
at his effort. I can see the husband being so entranced in the act that he
would have no emotional consequence or concern about the digging. The
digging was necessary. The burial was necessary. For the wife, his grief
has been insufficient, not enough.

ldcm from United States
Comment 6 of 81, added on January 25th, 2006 at 6:07 AM.

this poem sucks. its the most depressive thing ive read since an emo songs
lyrics. who in their right frame of mind would want to write a poem based
on a child dying? its a sick sick world we live in.

The Boom from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 81, added on January 19th, 2006 at 6:45 PM.

i gosh don shot my foot angian dango dango dango

alex story
Comment 4 of 81, added on October 12th, 2005 at 5:11 AM.

It is a good poem and it highlights the problems the death of a child can
bring. It shows how the mother cannot express her grief to her husband and
how thwe father cannot understand his wifes grief.

Susan from Australia
Comment 3 of 81, added on July 16th, 2005 at 12:01 PM.

Frost's poem is definitely about the problem of the lack of communication
that a couple may face, but it is more about a kind of an emotional
conflict. This conflict lies in the way the two characters are shown. The
woman (mother) is devastated about her son's death and she shows it
clearly; she does not try to hide her feelings as opposed to her husband
who had dug his son's grave with his hands and in the poem, he does not
show his grief and mourning. However, this does not mean that he is
insensitive or is devoid of the feelings a father should have, but he masks
his emotions for a reason or another. Maybe one devastated parent is more
than enough in a marriage (the mother) or else the marriage would fall
apart but on the other hand, this masking of emotions, to the husband's
surprise, leads to a separation on the part of his wife, if not physically
(although it happens at the end of the poem), it is an emotional separation
which is the most hurtful.

Sweet Butterfly from Lebanon
Comment 2 of 81, added on January 12th, 2005 at 9:26 AM.

home burial ıs a dramatic poem about two event ın fact.one of
them ıs death of a young boy ,couples son.and the other one ıs
lack of communicatıon between two people who lıve ın the
same house.mother of the boy ıs very sad about the death of a
chıld and she shows ıt cryıng or seemıng mıserable
but father trıes to mask the paın usıng pysical effort.for
woman ıt ıs better to die than buring her cılh but as a
farmer man sees this a very normal and at the same tıme very
paınful process.and ın a way he trıes to forget hıs own
paın through thıs.hope thıs helps. by the way ın the
end the women trıes to go out and talk someone else and man doesnt
allow and he wants her to talk to hım ınstead of strangers but
woman goes and doesnt gove any chance to man.ın my opınıon
woman ıs rıght becouse she wants to see that as a father he is
sorry for his lost chıld but father ıs also rıght he doesnt
have to show his feelıngs ın the way she wants.and who ıs
rıght and who ıs wrong*ın fact thıs ıs not the
questıon.problem ıs that there ıs no communıcatıon
between them and thıs case ıs very sımılar ın all
pats of the world but women and men have to be together:)

merve from Turkey

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 3. Home Burial
Volume: North of Boston
Year: 1914
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jun 9 2010

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