Robert Frost's poem “Death of the Hired Man” opens as Mary, a loving wife, awaits the arrival of her husband, Warren. In the first stanza, she eagerly and discreetly greets her husband so that she can share a piece of important information: Silas, their hired hand, has returned. Mary is careful to explain the circumstances of Silas’s return to her husband, expecting her husband to oppose the man’s return. She kindly removes the packages from her husband’s hands and draws him near her on the porch steps where they discuss Silas’s homecoming.
Once seated on the steps,...
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