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Analysis and comments on Mending Wall by Robert Frost

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Comment 28 of 258, added on September 15th, 2005 at 7:24 PM.

Oops... Sorry everyone, I've found my answer, and sorry for posting that.

I agree with most people that this poem is enjoyable and fun. It hit me
when I finally read it correctly. I'm glad I understood its meaning.

invisi from United States
Comment 27 of 258, added on September 15th, 2005 at 7:16 PM.

this should be easy for you people that know how to properly analyze this
poem.... How does the neighbor feel about the wall? please
help....me...please...

I thought that the neighbor felt secure and happy about having a wall
because it "makes good neighbors", but i'm not sure...

invisi from United States
Comment 26 of 258, added on September 7th, 2005 at 12:57 AM.

I think this poem requires deep thought and understanding for you to be
able to know the meaning of it. It tells us about the wall collapsing, by
nature, and by hunters and the two neighbours mending the wall at
springtime each mend the part of the wall which the stone has fallen down
to. They never cross to the other person's side but the narrator doesn't
believe they need a wall.

Albert C from Australia
Comment 25 of 258, added on July 8th, 2005 at 12:52 AM.

Nature may have no need for walls, but men and countries do. It is part of
our nature to set boundaries for ourselves and what we believe in.
Mexico's Presidente Fox would benefit from re-reading this poem.

Terry Berg from United States
Comment 24 of 258, added on July 1st, 2005 at 6:39 PM.

The speaker of the poem clearly dislikes the wall - he doesn't see the need
for a barrier between his neighbor and him. His neighbor finds use for the
wall in keeping their relationship on a particular level - the mending of
the wall reminds them that they must actively work to keep each other
separate. Frost comments on the nature of humans with the mention of gaps
regularly forming in the wall - it is not a human tendency to isolate
oneself from others, and not a naturally occurring thing - the wall breaks
down over time and must be actively mended. The wall is not necessarily
physical, but metaphorical - relationships cannot always remain the same
with the passage of time. Circumstances change and with them the nature of
the relationship, for better or worse. To fight change is futile because
it will always come back, as the gaps in the wall do. The neighbor follows
his father's maxim, believing it to be true, because he does not want to
accept change - hence his following his father's words and not what he
perhaps wants, which may or may not fall in with his father's tendencies.


Will gladly answer (polite) responses to this comment through e-mail. I
must also point out that this poem is most emphatically not about the Cold
War - Robert Frost died in 1963.

Allison from United States
Comment 23 of 258, added on June 29th, 2005 at 1:09 AM.

i think it is a great poem by Frost. This poem makes you feel the value of
relationships and responsibility . This is the wall that bring two
neighbors close. Fexing it every year means they are aware towards others
privacy and comfort. Thats why "Good fences make good neighbors."

jassi sokhey from United States
Comment 22 of 258, added on June 16th, 2005 at 4:22 PM.

Everyone talks about the mending of the wall here, but I think thta people
are missing something. In the beginning, when Frost says that the gaps in
the wall are made, but no one knows by whom or why - thye just have to fix
them. I think this breaking down of the wall by something other than these
neighbors symbolizes the need to not have walls - the underlying character
of nature - completely wall-less and open.

Lindsey from United States
Comment 21 of 258, added on June 13th, 2005 at 7:35 AM.

I think that this poem is a pleasant statement about life in 1914...and
today. We do things with people to keep the peace and be polite regardless
of our inner aversion to the behavior. This poem reflects respect of
others and inner playfullnes. I think it is refreshingly encouraging.

Linda Shaffer from United States
Comment 20 of 258, added on June 13th, 2005 at 1:17 AM.

I disagree with Melissa from australias comments. This poem cannot be about
the cold war and involving the Berlin wall as this poem was published in
1914 and the cold war was post WWII (1945+). Rather this poem is a metaphor
for the barriers we create between ourselves for no rational reason. Are we
so paranoid that we cant let anyone get close to us? That is essentially
what this poem is about.

Michael from Australia
Comment 19 of 258, added on June 12th, 2005 at 2:52 PM.

This poem has nothing to do with the Berlin Wall. The poem was written in
1914, and the Berlin Wall was built in The 1960s. He's talking about the
walls we build around us to protect our inner selves from others. We don't
want everyone to know everything about us. Many people build walls to hid
their true feelings, thoughts, or even past life experiences. We even build
walls to keep our memories from returning to painful times in our lives.
The stones are symbolic of the things we are trying to block people out of
- you may drop your guard and open up(stone falling off the fence), but
then something happens and we build the wall back up.

Susan 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: 1181 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 13 2000


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