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The Hill Wife Analysis

Author: poem of Robert Frost Type: poem Views: 111

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      Her Word

One ought not to have to care

   So much as you and I

Care when the birds come round the house

   To seem to say good-bye;

Or care so much when they come back

   With whatever it is they sing;

The truth being we are as much

   Too glad for the one thing

As we are too sad for the other here --

   With birds that fill their breasts

But with each other and themselves

   And their built or driven nests.


Always -- I tell you this they learned --

Always at night when they returned

To the lonely house from far away

To lamps unlighted and fire gone gray,

They learned to rattle the lock and key

To give whatever might chance to be

Warning and time to be off in flight:

And preferring the out- to the in-door night,

They. learned to leave the house-door wide

Until they had lit the lamp inside.


      Her Word

I didn't like the way he went away.

That smile! It never came of being gay.

Still he smiled- did you see him?- I was sure!

Perhaps because we gave him only bread

And the wretch knew from that that we were poor.

Perhaps because he let us give instead

Of seizing from us as he might have seized.

Perhaps he mocked at us for being wed,

Or being very young (and he was pleased

To have a vision of us old and dead).

I wonder how far down the road he's got.

He's watching from the woods as like as not.


She had no saying dark enough

   For the dark pine that kept

Forever trying the window-latch

   Of the room where they slept.

The tireless but ineffectual hands

   That with every futile pass

Made the great tree seem as a little bird

   Before the mystery of glass!

It never had been inside the room,

   And only one of the two

Was afraid in an oft-repeated dream

   Of what the tree might do.


It was too lonely for her there,

   And too wild,

And since there were but two of them,

   And no child,

And work was little in the house,

   She was free,

And followed where he furrowed field,

   Or felled tree.

She rested on a log and tossed

   The fresh chips,

With a song only to herself

   On her lips.

And once she went to break a bough

   Of black alder.

She strayed so far she scarcely heard.

   When he called her --

And didn't answer -- didn't speak --

   Or return.

She stood, and then she ran and hid

   In the fern.

He never found her, though he looked


And he asked at her mother's house

   Was she there.

Sudden and swift and light as that

   The ties gave,

And he learned of finalities

   Besides the grave.


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i'm going to fail my oral commentary

| Posted on 2016-01-18 | by a guest

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To the previous comments, I don't think it's about abuse. She was bored from the marriage and the couple is lacking in the sexualized portion of it. She doesn't have a child, the man leaves for long periods of time, and she's, simply put, bored. She escaped into the trees and almost literally became a hill wife, married to the nature she found beautiful and wild. She fell in love with nature in the time her husband was gone. This is especially seen in The Oft Repeated Dream because she talks about how she is haunted by the tree that stays there outside the window of their emotionless bedroom, but that's just what I think.

| Posted on 2015-02-22 | by a guest

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it sounds to me that the woman was married to this man, and because she had no children and it was quiet and lonely she became depressd and \"ran and hid in the fern\" or divorced him. Then the man went looking for her at her mother\'s house and was turned away. By \"finalities besides the grave\" i think he means that the man learned that there were other things that end love besides death. I don\'t know if this is right but its what I got out of it.

| Posted on 2012-03-14 | by a guest

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What i don\'t understand this and I just want to know what the poem The Oft-repeated Dream means and i click on this and i just get a bunch of poems!!

| Posted on 2012-02-28 | by a guest

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umm somone asked what the IMPLUSE was well this is what i think it is about
the girl might have been beatin and with no one elese there to take the blow she ran to the fern...
i dont no i ould almost most likly be wrong it JUST what i got out of ittt..

| Posted on 2011-05-12 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2009-04-12 | by a guest

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