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Home Burial

Rating: 3.7
He saw her from the bottom of the stairs
Before she saw him. She was starting down,
Looking back over her shoulder at some fear.
She took a doubtful step and then undid it
To raise herself and look again. He spoke
Advancing toward her: "What is it you see
From up there always? -- for I want to know."
She turned and sank upon her skirts at that,
And her face changed from terrified to dull.
He said to gain time: "What is it you see?"
Mounting until she cowered under him.
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Lee Trucks 13 October 2018
My favorite poems are the narratives. the Witch of Coos, the Death of a Hired Man and of course Home Burial. The combination of the emotion, the narrative and poesy make tears come to my eyes.
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Susan Williams 20 August 2018
This is a masterpiece of storytelling- he had me feeling the pain in his heart and then when she spoke of his words and actions after burying his child- I could understand her grief- she had no one to share it with... and perhaps he didn't have anyone either. Breathtaking how much nuance Frost got across in such a few verses when you consider how much he conveyed. Wow!
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Savita Tyagi 20 August 2018
Robert Frost was a master storyteller with creative narration of scenes.
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Mahtab Bangalee 20 August 2018
great pathetic scenery /// Where will you go? No, I can not allow you! Stay here in this socket of heart it's your home it will make for you a last breath! ..........
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Bernard F. Asuncion 20 August 2018
Such a sad poem by Robert Frost??????
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Muzahidul Reza 20 August 2018
Emotion and grief / pain fill the readers' hearts of this poem Home Burial, a touching poem indeed,
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Kawaii 19 June 2018
I love you
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Mark Arvizu 10 April 2015
Loss of the living and the dead.
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Inanna Baskan 08 March 2015
Grief, & other strong emotions, are expressed differently by men & women. A woman says what has happened & how she feels. A man can't stand to reveal his vulnerability. Saying how quickly a post can rot is his way of saying how vulnerable he is to the loss of his baby. His wife asks what a rotten post has to do with his dead baby in the dark parlor. EVERYTHING! The baby will soon rot in the ground. The mere use of the word rot tells us he is haunted by the loss, but she thinks he doesn't care. The lesson here is for a man to speak explicitly, not to just anyone, but to his wife- to trust her. The lesson here for a woman is to believe her husband when he says he cares- to trust him. Yes, this makes them vulnerable- that is what marriage is about.
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Brian Jani 26 April 2014
Awesome I like this poem, check mine out
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