Home Burial (1914) by Robert Frost is a powerfully emotional poem that as the title suggests explores the death of a marriage as the consequence of the death of a child. It reveals that discoveries can be confrontational and emotional. Frost utilises dialogue to portray the couples inability to communicate their grief.
As this is the longest poem we are studying we have broken this episode up into two episodes. In this episode we analyse the form/structure, tone/mood, themes, voice/persona, and language of the poem in relation to discovery.
It is a great idea to have a copy of the poem in front of you: Home Burial
Blank Verse: Unrhymed iambic pentameter (see iambic pentameter)
En dash: Slightly longer than a hyphen, therefore a longer pause
High Modality: High level of certainty (will, must, know)
Iambic Pentameter: pattern of unstressed stressed syllables for ten syllables in a line
Pathetic Fallacy: Placing human emotions onto the non-human, usually associated with the weather.