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How Does Home Burial show Frosts Development as a Poet Frost wrote In Hardwood Groves and Home Burial at different stages in his poetic career The structural differences are clear the two poems differ in length layout and most evidently the ease with which they can be read Although they are so different in appearance both poems have the similar theme of death one of several re-occurring subjects that Frost used in much of his poetry In Hardwood Groves was published in Frosts first book of poetry this book contained many poems with typical forms of the time with regular rhyme and rhythm It was poems such as this one that threw Frost into the limelight and with his book A Boys Will he became a recognised poet In Hardwood Groves is written using fairly simple language the ideas behind the poem are expressed plainly with not much fancy decoration The language used is forceful for example they must go down This is a major contrast to the tranquillity of nature but Frost goes on to show that the positive outcome of the leaves dying is the new life of the dancing flowers The message behind the poem is that death must occur to allow new life to be born The rhymes within the poem show that the poem is under control this is metaphorical as it shows that the cycle of life and the seasons are also structured and under control Just as In Hardwood Groves is typical of Frosts earlier works Home Burial contains the characteristics of his later poems It is dramatic with a lot of natural speech the words arise naturally and are kept simple In Home Burial Frost manages to capture the reality of an argument The variation of long lines and short lines and the genuinely distressed speech eg Not you Oh wheres my hat any man can make the argument seem real
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