Robert Burns: Poems

An Analysis of Imagery and Setting in Robert Frost's Home Burial College

Robert Frost is considered one of the greatest American poets of the 20th century. His writings have been lauded for their pastoral imagery, emotional depth, and their masterful use of America colloquialism. Frost's poem, Home Burial, is an exquisite combination of these elements, exploring the depths of emotional suffering and its effect on marriage. The poem is framed in the form of a deeply emotional dialogue between husband and wife over the coldness of their marriage in the wake of the death of their young son. Home Burial is Robert Frost's semi-autobiographical retelling of his youngest son's death and the affect this tragic event had on his own marriage. Robert Frost's poem, Home Burial, uses the setting and exquisite imagery in order to develop the relationship between Amy and the husband.

The poem Home Burial takes place in the rural New England country side. The setting is an important part of understanding the poem, as the New England tradition of home burial takes a prominent role in the poem's story. Back in the 1800's, it was common for deceased family members to be buried near the family home. Since homes usually stayed within the family, small cemeteries spanning several generations were a common sight. At the...

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