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Discuss How Robert Frost Uses His Poems 'Home Burial' & 'Mending Wall' To Show The BreakdownIn Human Communication

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Robert Frost Poetry Coursework Jack Harrison Robert Lee Frost was an American Poet born in San Francisco, his life spanned from March 26th, 1874 to January 29th, 1963. He moved to New England with his family when he was eleven years old. He discovered his love of reading and writing poetry during his high school years when he was in Lawrence, Massachusetts. After Harvard he began writing his own poetry but it was only after his conference with the poet Edward Thomas in London that he truly discovered his voice. On his return to America he published two collections of poems, the most famous of which was 'North of Boston'. The two poems I will be looking at are 'Home Burial' and 'Mending Wall'. The very first thing I noticed about the two of these poems is that they are both examples of the breakdown of communication between people. The first poem 'Home Burial' is an example of an eclogue. The title 'Home Burial' has both connotations of a warm, comfortable home and also a burial, which is both related with death and mourning. It is on the whole written in dialogue but has some narrative. The second poem 'Mending Wall' and its title have meanings on human communication also. ...read more.


This shocks me as this is just what they had been discussing about how they should give each other a chance and try and not be so quick to judge each other and straight away they are at it again. This, I think, is the point where the woman begins to truly open up as she then says to her husband about how he should have more to talk about and more to feel about their dead son, especially to the fact that he was the one to bury him. And then she gets even more annoyed by how when he came in from digging the grave he talks off average, mundane even, topics. She then talks of how if he can't grief over his son, he won't be able to grief for anyone, and if he continues like this he will be unaware of how alone he really is. She then remarks, "If I can change it. Oh, I won't, I won't!" meaning that she will keep to her grief. Then the husband says "There, you have said it all and you feel better. You won't go now." Which sounds very patronizing like he wasn't even paying attention and that he only cares that she won't leave the house for people to see her in her state. ...read more.


The poet then notes how his neighbour 'moves in darkness' or in other words is unaware of how there is no need for the wall. So in this poem I think there is a very large barrier in the way of their communication between each other. The poet tries to reason with the neighbour to show there is no need for the wall, but the neighbour prefers to stick with his old quote, because it is one he has already though of a lot. Between these two poems I prefer 'Mending Wall' to 'Home Burial' because of it's rhythm throughout it and also I like the very child-like views in it as it makes me feel like I can relate to it more. 'Home Burial' also used terms and wording structure which I found very hard to understand. I think there is also a lot of differences in the culture in these poems and that may determine why the characters could not understand or communicate with each other. The fact that 'Mending Wall' was set in a farmland could mean there is not many other people there and that could determine people and their communication skills. And 'Home Burial' is set between a couple who seem to argue a lot so that doesn't show how every human has trouble understanding each other, just them two. ...read more.

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