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Dealing With Tragedy In Home Burial by Robert Frost a husband and wife grieve differently in the face of the shared loss of their son This difference is made apparent by what they refer to as talk and speech The title Home Burial refers to the sons burial but also to the deterioration of the parents relationship This deterioration does not come from having different methods of mourning but from their inability to understand or accept each others method This separation represents an overall division between two genders The poem begins with the husband looking up a flight of stairs at his wife She however is looking to her sons gravesite through a window behind her This opening scene epitomizes each of their outlooks on mourning for their son The mother looks to the grave because her level of mourning is just as intense as it was when the son first died Her grief does not go away with time because she believes that Friends make pretense of following to the grave But before one is in it their minds are turned And making the best of their way back to life and living people and things they understand 102-105 She refuses to make her way back to life and living people because she hasnt yet accepted the death of her son Therefore she looks to her son because she hasnt yet acknowledged his death The husband has made this acknowledgement He has accepted that his son is dead and now looks to move on or he looks to living people For this reason the scene opens with him looking at his wife These differences of their expressions of grief are consistent with their wishes concerning each others speech When the husband discovers that his wife is looking at the gravesite of his child and speaks openly of the childs mound she cries Dont four times so that he will stop
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