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Home Burial may not be as popular as Mending Wall and The Death of the Hired Man but it is Frosts mos critically acclaimed and intesively annalyzed narrative Again Frost deals with barriers between people -- in this case a husband and wife who have recently lost their first child and who handle their grief in strikingly different ways -- acording to their characters and expressive capabilities The locale is a New England farm with a family burial plot in the yard illustrating familiarlity with death which partly accounts for the husbands taciturn handling of his grief The poem opens with intense looking and severe gestures between the man and woman as she gazes from a stariway window at the backyard grave of her recently dead child defensively and accusatorially both calling attention to herself and refusing her husbands concern for her grief He seems not to have noticed the view from the window but his tender description of the gravestones and the childs mound -- not yet marked with a stone -- show that he is not unfeeling but that such family deaths have become an everyday part of his life In the initial action the wife moves away from the husband and he pursues her with hesitating dominance but her continued withdrawal is partly a provocation which helps account for his protest that hes not allowed to grieve in his own way Her desire for air and her explanation that perhaps his reaction is just masculine show that her criticism may not be strictly personal Stuggling to restrain himself the husband sits down speaking and reflecting on the fact that his wife goes to other people with her troubles instead of discussing them with him He is attempting reconciliation but she continues to taunt him with words and actions insisting that he cant say the right thing He musingly half- apologizes for his ways and tries to account for
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