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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 other To 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 once I never noticed it from here before I must be wonted to it--thats the reason The little graveyard where my people are So small the window frames the whole of it Not so much larger than a bedroom is it There are three stones of slate and one of marble Broad-shouldered little slabs there in the sunlight On the sidehill We havent to mind those But I understand it is not the stones But the childs mound-- My 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 window As 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 accrued When 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
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