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Analysis and comments on Mending Wall by Robert Frost

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Comment 56 of 246, added on April 3rd, 2008 at 5:14 PM.

just to clarify what Nick in comment 50 said: this poem is not about the
Berlin Wall. It is often interpreted like that but this poem was written in
1914, which was before the Berlin wall was constructed.

Mansi from United States
Comment 55 of 246, added on December 20th, 2007 at 1:29 AM.

Mending Wall is one of the poems that I'm studying in IB this year. The
poem starts out with the ambiguous "Something there is that doesn't love a
wall". Frost ponders why there's something in him, perhaps in all humans
that doesn't like walls. Yet the irony is that he contacted his neighbor "I
let my neighbor know beyond the hill" to fix the wall. Frost is the one
that instigates this fixing of the wall. He also mocks his neighbor a bit,
repeating "good fences make good neighbors", as if the man is very stubborn
and determined to fix the fence. Also, Frost's neighbor seems to be
ignorant or simplistic, perhaps even primitive. The neighbor is described
to be "like an old-stone savage". Yet, at the very end of the poem, Frost
seems to come to the realization that fences, though he may not like them,
are necessary because they give people a sense of security. The end of the
poem is much darker than the rest of the poem, and Frost seems to see that
there may be a part of his neighbor that he, too, would like to keep away
from him, as shown by,

"In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.

He moves in darkness as it seems to me,

Not of woods only and the shade of trees.

It seems that his neighbor can appear dangerous as well, and Frost ends
with his neighbor's statement, "Good fences make good neighbors". In short,
the fence is what physically keeps the two neighbors apart, but also brings
them together each spring to mend it once again.

I. Lao from United States
Comment 54 of 246, added on November 4th, 2007 at 9:37 AM.

this poem presnts two views, 1) why do walls make good neighbors? and 2)why
dont walls make good neighbors? This is the typical writing style of Robert
Frost, he presents a conflict then ask the reader to create his/her own
solution. in this poem i think that
creating the wall maintains friendship, from a metaphorical point of view
the walls can be seen as the personal barriers which we build up to maitain
a relationship with our peers, that is it is not everything we do that we
want our friends to know about hence we create secrets,diaries et cetera
to keep 'things'away.From the other view point i think robert is trying to
pose why should we do this?(that is create barriers) Dont we love one
another?

navare harriott from Jamaica
Comment 53 of 246, added on June 10th, 2007 at 5:41 PM.

i had to do this assignment in english, and we had to pick a poem and this
is the poem i picked cuz i really liked it

bob from Canada
Comment 52 of 246, added on May 28th, 2007 at 5:31 PM.

three main element silent ,uncommunication and the absurdity of nature
,there is a one part conversation ,which may also signify fear and menace

youssef from Morocco
Comment 51 of 246, added on May 25th, 2007 at 1:59 AM.

In this poem I believe that Frost is describig a wall that seperates two
neigbors. they have no communication between each other and can't see or
speack to each other. I do believe that there are walls soemtimes in todays
world. Between, what ethnisity you are, social class, or even in high
school the cliques. "The Wall" pervents us from having any friendships
build or and other kind of relashonships.

Christine Fissella from United States
Comment 50 of 246, added on May 24th, 2007 at 9:02 PM.

In this poem "Mending Wall," the author Robert Frost, refers to the wall as
it were the cold war and that was the Berlin Wall. Its about 2 neighbors
who don't get along (just like the east germans and west germans). And its
not allowing the neighbors to interact and get to know eachother.

Nick from United States
Comment 49 of 246, added on April 9th, 2007 at 6:33 PM.

is a very neat and interesting poem.

Meghan from United States
Comment 48 of 246, added on March 20th, 2007 at 11:03 AM.

This poem is Horrible. I think they should tear down the wall and be
friends. not really. THIS POEM SUCKS

Pots a. Pans from United States
Comment 47 of 246, added on March 2nd, 2007 at 2:50 PM.

Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" is a poem about the barriers that people use
to
separate themselves from the outside world and its problems. The two men
meet each
spring to repair the wall that has been damaged by the winter ground swell.
Frost shows
how isolating oneself leads to hostility toward others. Speaker one, who
wants the wall,
hopes to convince speaker two that "There where it is we do not need the
wall." Speaker
two repeats his father's saying, "Good fences make good neighbors." The
opposing
views of human relations, like many relationships in our modern world, are
never
resolved because of how the two men view one another's ideas. Speaker one
sees
speaker two, at one point, as an "old stone savage armed." Speaker two
simply closes
his mind to any argument in favor of neighborliness. Both men have been
conditioned to
think as they do. Frost shows how the world as a whole views these ideas.
Repairing the
wall is a metaphor for continued isolation, a condition that gave rise to
World war I.

Blu from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 1. Mending Wall
Volume: North of Boston
Year: 1914
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 353 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 13 2000


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