Containment vs Freedom
Robert Frost’s poem “Home Burial” explores a troubled married couple’s relationship and the emotional stress the death of their child has inflicted upon them. Frost presents a dramatic dialogue about a couple that argues and differs with their opinions. The poem reveals the tragic death of the couple’s child which results in the couple constantly arguing. Although the death of the child is the main reason why the couple is arguing, the bigger conflict that affects the marriage is the couple’s lack of ability to communicate with one another. The couple deals with feelings of grief, frustration and anger while trying to cope with the death of their child.
Robert Frost wrote the poem “Home Burial” after he and his wife suffered the tragic loss of their son. Through Frost's experience he shows that men and women have different ways of grieving. “Home Burial” illustrates the emotions people feel after such a loss, and how they face those emotions. Throughout “Home Burial” Frost also illustrates the conflict of a married couple’s life and the struggle with grief and with the strain it puts on their marriage. Throughout “Home Burial” Frost demonstrates through the husband, that in the grieving process men tend to show more strength than women. The husband and the wife are mourning the loss of their child, but in different manners. Neither the husband nor the wife is able to understand why they are expressing themselves in such a way.
Throughout the poem you see the husband proceed to do his everyday tasks. The husband states, “Three foggy mornings and one rainy day / Will rot the best birch fence a man could build” (96-97). This is one example of how the husband is trying to proceed with his work and his everyday life. Another example of how the husband tries to continue with his life is seen in this statement he makes, “A man can’t speak of his own child that’s dead?” (74). In addition to work, the husband tries to get past their loss by...