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The poem Home Burial by Robert Frost tells of a child that was buried not long in the past and of the sorrow of the wife and husband The husbands grief is not as apparent as the wifes heartache The husband has become accustomed to his feeling but the wife is reminded every time she passes the stairway window In the Bedford Introduction to Literature it asks the the questions Is the husband insensitive and indifferent to his wifes grief Has Frost invited us to sympathize with one character more then the otherTo answer the first question I choose to use a section of the poem that the husband see what is bothering the wife The wonder is I didnt see at onceI never noticed it from here beforeI must be wonted to it--thats the reasonThe little graveyard where my people areSo small the window frames the whole of itNot so much larger than a bedroom is itThere are three stones of slate and one of marbleBroad-shouldered little slabs there in the sunlightOn the sidehill We havent to mind thoseBut I understand it is not the stonesMy point is not that the husband is not insensitive or indifferent but he has accepted it From the tone of the poem they do not talk about the child or the ever building strain of the windowAs for the second question the sympathy shifts or at least that is my view of it At first my compassion is for the wife Frosts way of describing the wife just made my heart feel for her but then the first shift in favoritism accruedWhen the wife was getting mad at the husband yet the husband had not idea what the problem was I guess the only reason I pitied him is because I can relate After that my sympathy stays with him Every time he tries to keep the wife comfort her or discuss the problem she tries to leave
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