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Comment 66 of 246, added on October 29th, 2009 at 11:15 PM.

i think the things that are being compared here are things of nature

steve from United States
Comment 65 of 246, added on June 13th, 2009 at 4:07 AM.

Robert Frost is a well-known poet, with many famous poems such as ‘The Road
Not Taken’ and ‘Out, Out--’ but the poem that has been chosen to be
analysed is called ‘Mending Wall’. The writer of the poem, Robert Frost,
was born in San Francisco and as years passed he moved to Massachusetts
were his father died from tuberculosis, after which he started writing
poetry. After moving to New Hampshire and failing to publish his poetry
books, he consequently fell into poverty. In 1913 his first published book
established him as an author and his fame grew as years passed. Most of
Frost’s poems reflect Rural England and convey a compelling aspect of
imagery. Imagery is just one of components in his poem ‘Mending Wall’. It
also features an inspiring theme, heavy use of metaphors and good use of
repetition.

Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" is a poem about the walls (or barriers) that
people use to avoid the outside world and its problems. The two men meet
each spring to repair the wall that has been damaged by the
“frozen-ground-swell”. Frost shows how isolating oneself leads to hostility
toward others. The narrator, who doesn’t think they need the wall, hopes to
convince the narrator that "There where it is we do not need the wall." The
neighbour repeats his father's saying, "Good fences make good neighbors."
The differing views of beliefs, like many relationships in our modern
world, are never resolved because of how the two men view one another's
ideas. The narrator sees the neighbour as an "old stone savage armed." The
other man refuses to argue in favour of neighbourliness.
In this poem, Frost examines the way in which we interact with one another
and how we function as a whole. Man has difficulty communicating and
relating to one another and as a result, we have a tendency to close
ourselves off from others. In the lack of effective communication, we avoid
any meaningful communication with others in order to gain privacy. Frost's
use of language reinforces the idea of isolation.
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
When writing about the wall's annual collapse, Frost uses the word "gaps"
to portray the holes in the wall. Yet, this could also stand for the "gaps"
that the neighbours are creating between each other. "No one has seen them
made or heard them made" but somehow the gaps naturally exist and are
always found when the two get together.

Sam from China
Comment 64 of 246, added on May 12th, 2009 at 9:29 AM.

May be frost has influnced by his growth and environmet

medhat saleh from Egypt
Comment 63 of 246, added on May 10th, 2009 at 3:43 AM.

this poem shows the barriers between the rich and the poo, the two classes
in the society and the wall is the difference between them

sarah from Egypt
Comment 62 of 246, added on May 7th, 2009 at 12:36 AM.

North of Boston is a collection of works by Robert Frost depicting things
that range from complex situations to tragedy and fear. His second poem in
this collection is called the Mending Wall. In the poem a wall separating
two neighbors is at first destroyed by the environment but is later fixed
by the two of them. The wall is symbolic to their type of relationship; one
neighbor prefers to be left alone, while the other is curious and enjoys
company. This relationship is reinforced by a statement the neighbor makes,
“good fences make good neighbors,” he replies, inferring that he wants to
be left alone.

tom anderson from United States
Comment 61 of 246, added on May 7th, 2009 at 12:16 AM.

In the Mending Wall, written by Robert Frost really emphasizes the fact
that we build walls between one another to hide our feelings, thoughts, and
our past or future. Which is a insecure way of blocking people out by
building yourself that can keep your guard up at all time. This poem uses
irony is “And set the wall between us once again, We keep the wall between
us as we go.” Make the narrator realize that the wall separates him from
his neighbors, but at the same time unites them at mending time, which is
for the purpose of placing themselves apart again.

Sahar Saghafi from United States
Comment 60 of 246, added on May 4th, 2009 at 7:18 PM.

In Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" he uses many different writing techniques
such as: imagery, dialogue, foreshadowing and metaphors. He uses imagery
all throughout the poem, describing something so vividly that it creates a
mental picture for the reader. Frost uses dialogue when talking about how
his neighbor repeatedly says "Good fences make good neighbors," and how the
narrator replies. Frost also uses foreshadowing when he talks about how his
apple trees will never get across the wall, and it hints that the poem is
talking about barriers between neighbors and their land. when the author
uses metaphors, he is comparing different things like the bricks that make
the wall and compared to loaves of bread and balls. Robert Frost had
someone in his life who he considered an "arch enemy" who was Carl
Sandburg, another poet who used free verse. So even though "Mending Wall"
talks about taking down barriers, the author still has barriers he decides
to keep built up.

Shawnee Self from United States
Comment 59 of 246, added on April 28th, 2009 at 10:01 PM.

In the first line of the narrative poem, “Mending Wall”, Robert Frost puts
an emphasis on the word “something”, and with the use of his
personification, that “something” becomes alive and takes on a human
meaning. Behind his literal portrayal of building up a wall, there is an
extended metaphoric meaning that is meant to reflect the barriers that our
society puts such a great emphasis on. His repetition of “Good fences make
good neighbors” (Frost 27) further proves this theory. Frost uses imagery
in describing the literal and visual deterioration of the wall throughout
the first few lines of his poem. He continues using metaphors, such as,
“some are loaves and some so nearly balls” (Frost 40) to describe the
altercations between the narrator and the neighbor. Frost also incorporates
similes into his poetic technique, such as his description of the neighbor,
“like an old-stone savage” (Frost 17), or one who is stubborn.

Katie Cleveland from United States
Comment 58 of 246, added on June 4th, 2008 at 5:24 AM.

Frost is only humorously challenging the idea of maintaining walls, his
eyes twinkling in elvin mischief at his neighbor whom he would never utter
such thoughts to aloud; he knows as well as the next clay-footer that they
are indeed necessary just in order to keep the fields free of stones for
the plows.

Frosty
Comment 57 of 246, added on June 4th, 2008 at 4:24 AM.

What Frost is trying to say in this poem is that walls don't make good
neighbors; walls are unnecessary. Many may disagree, but if the poem is
read in-depth, it is obvious that Frost does not condone mending walls
between people. The beginning of the poem makes the speaker seem like he's
ok with the wall. That's actually just because he's following
tradition-he's not thinking individually. The speaker meets up with his
neighbor to repair the wall and the neighbor says, "Good fences make good
neighbors." The speaker then is able to start thinking about the actual
purpose of the wall/fence. It doesn't really do anything except keep the
neighbors apart or keep in livestock (which is not present). The speaker
likens the neighbor to a savage, making him appear old-fashioned and
traditional. The neighbor keeps true to the beliefs held by his father and
repeats, "Good fences make good neighbors."

The main theme of this poem is to question traditions. The fence (wall)
divides the neighbors and alienates them from each other--not exactly a
"good neighbor" in itself. From the way the speaker likens the neighbor to
a savage, it is obvious that the speaker thinks the neighbor is in the
wrong when he believes in mending walls. The fence/wall represents old
traditions, especially traditions that are actually bad for society. Frost
is sending a message to the readers that we should do away with this "wall"
and commit to new ideas which will benefit human relations. However, the
pessimistic message he also sends us is contained in the last three lines.
The neighbor remains faithful to his father's tradition and continues
thinking well of fences. This represents humans' conformity. Most people
are susceptible to traditional views and thus are hard to change. Frost is
negatively saying that most of the time, no matter how bad the tradition
is, people still refuse to accept change.

Charlie from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 1. Mending Wall
Volume: North of Boston
Year: 1914
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jul 13 2000


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