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Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

"Home Burial" poem is from Jupiter.

I analyzed communications and the relationship factors from the poem, "Home Burial," in light of the guide for improving communications and relationships Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. In the poem "Home Burial," characters do not understand one another because of a lack of communication. I found plenty of techniques and ideas that the couple in Frost's "Home Burial," could have used from the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus to strengthen their marriage.

Throughout the poem "Home Burial" the characters did not have a clear awareness of their differences because they did not know that men and women are like from different planets. John Gray states, "Not only do men and women communicate differently, but they think, feel, perceive, react, respond, love, need, and appreciate differently" (Gray 5). Without that knowledge, the characters are judgmental with one another. For example, "You make me angry. I'll come down to you. / God, what a woman! And it's come to this, / A man can't speak of his own child that's dead. / You can't because you don't know how to speak" (Lines 72-75). Husband and wife show a harsh attitude towards each other without thinking about huge differences that men and women have.

Another example of a lack of communication from the poem Gray explains, "No matter how many times she tells him that he's not listening, he doesn't get it and keeps doing the same thing. She wants empathy, but he thinks she wants solutions" (Gray 15). This theory relates to the poem "Home Burial," because the wife wants her husband to show empathy about the child's death. The husband, however, does not seem to have the empathy she ...


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... a woman and acted upon Gray's theory, their relationships and marriage would not fall apart.

All of those techniques can make a world of difference, especially those that have to do with improving communication. As Dr. John Gray explains, "These differences can come between the sexes and prohibit mutually fulfilling loving relationships"(Gray 252) However, if the characters in the poem "Home Burial" would have reviewed the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus before their marriage, then they would have understanding, thoughtfulness, feelings, positive reactions, and love.

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Frost, Robert. "Home Burial." The Day Poems Poetry Collection. Timothy K. Oct. 6. 2001 http://www.daypoems.net/poems/2646.html

Gray, John. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. New York: HarperCollins, 1992


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