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Frost and the Narrative Poem

Narrative poems tell stories through the use of verse and usually include dialogue among a few characters. They really need to be read aloud to get the full impact; having students do a table-reading of a Frost narrative poem is a really good way to make it “alive” and urgent. 

Some poems that work very well for this exercise are:

“Home Burial” (2 characters, one narrator), poem text here.

“Death of the Hired Man” (2 characters, one narrator), poem text here.

Additional Resources

Death of the Hired Man

Frost reading Death of the Hired Man
Death of the Hired Man Wiki

Home Burial

Frank Marcopolos reading Home Burial

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