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"Home Burial," by Robert Frost - critical analysis

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Introduction

"Wade in the Mud With Me" The conversational style poem, "Home Burial," by Robert Frost depicts a relationship between a man and a woman who are uniquely estranged. There could be many reasons and factors which might account for the lack of healthy communication skills within their marriage, but there are obvious walls that have been built up between them which limit their ability to comfort each other in this time of need. Such a feat (being capable of offering emotional support to a spouse in the face of hardship) is often times an unfortunate struggle in marriages and should be addressed, since it is also one of the most essential characteristics in a long lasting and healthy marriage relationship. This young, New-England couple which Frost has portrayed for us has encountered an extremely unfortunate and anomalous trial within the past few months of their marriage. Despite the fact that they have only been married for two years or so, these almost newlyweds have already experienced the death of their first baby boy. Many couples would be expected to cling to each other if found in a situation like this, and each would rely on the strength of his or her partner. ...read more.

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By not openly confessing her pain to him, she builds a wall between the both of them; her pride is keeping him from being able to connect with her on the personal level that he desires. Amy is afraid of death and does not understand how to cope with or let go of the feelings that she is experiencing. Her husband (whose name we have not yet been told) is frustrated that Amy cannot rely on the love they have between them to lift her above her pain and fear; he thinks that she has drawn out this grieving period considerably too long and believes her to be over-reacting (like she often does). He says to her, "I do think, though, you overdo it a little. What was it brought you up to think it the thing To take your mother-loss of a first child So inconsolably-in the face of love. You'd think his memory might be satisfied-" Amy, highly frustrated at this accusation, believes his confession to be unjustly pointing fingers at her self-perceived right to hold on to her grief, and (for a moment) ...read more.

Conclusion

Sadly enough, our young couple never does work through their situation. There is no happy ending to appease our romantic ideals (and rightly so) of new love. Amy walks out on her husband, unmoved by his efforts to control her by command, and ends all further communication with the loud slamming of a heavy door (which is, ironically enough, communication in itself). The argument between this couple is left open ended, because Frost knows himself that there is never a quick fix to adversity in love. The trials that our young couple is facing are only the beginning of their long journey into a hopeful old age together. They will be torn apart by such arguments again and again as they learn to love and live with each other. And if they persevere, refusing to throw in the towel, they will in the end be fused together by a bond that is almost impossible to break. Marriage is a gift and a trial consecrated by God; a husband and a wife must learn to sometimes wade in the mud before they can journey up their mountain. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lemons 1 ...read more.

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