07 April 2013
Mending the Wall of Change
“Do fences really make good neighbors?” In “Mending Wall, written by Robert Frost, the speaker of the poem argues within himself if his neighbor truly understands the full meaning of his act walling in and walling out and why does his neighbor believe in such a senseless act of “mending time”? In lines 32-34, Frost states, “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know / What I was walling in or walling out, / And to whom I was like to give offence”, here the speaker is curious to the fact of why even wall something in or out if you don’t know what “it” is. In all actuality the “thing” the neighbor walling out is change and what he is walling in is himself. Instinct is to protect oneself from the outsides forces of reality and not to allow any “thing” to harm oneself from within. In “Mending Wall”, the speaker watches his neighbor subconsciously battle the war of change through “mending” time. The speaker believes “spring mending time” is a senseless act and tries to comprehend the thoughts of his neighbor of why he believes so deeply in “mending time”. Lines 24-26 help the reader understand how diverse the speaker and the neighbor are intellectually; “He is all pine and I am apple orchard. / My apple trees will never get across / And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him”. Even though the neighbor is “all pine”, a constant and an unchanging being, and the speaker, the “apple orchard” that lives and changes with the times, how each ones sees life, their own thoughts won’t swag each other into believing one thing over another. With that, the neighbor is still trapped on the old belief of what is father once told him; “Good fences make good neighbors”, and even though the speaker believes mending time is pointless and a wasteful act, he himself cannot seem to stop coming to wall at the same time every year, possibly believing that maybe he has a somewhat fear of...