Mending Wall Poetry Analysis

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Mending Wall by Robert Frost Analysis

Robert Frost presents in his poem Mending Wall, a situation where there is a wall that is not fully sealed to hold and keep out one neighbour from the other’s yard. This wall or fence is not keeping up to its trade or expectation. The speaker argues that such a wall is not needed to be maintained as, “My apple trees will never get across, and eat the cones under his pines.” He does not believe in having walls for the sheer sake of having walls when one does not even need one. The neighbour keeps resorting back to the same simple argument and point of his father’s saying, “Good fences make good neighbours.” The speaker continues to remain unconvinced and presses the neighbour’s old-fashioned stubborn claims to be overlooked despite his reluctance to be swayed.

The piece remarkably is quite simplistic in the way that the vocabulary of the poem contains no real fancy words, most are short and the majority can be used in conversion in everyday life. There are no stanza breaks, obvious ending rhymes or overall rhyme scheme observed either.

The repetition of whole lines is surveyed twice throughout the poem however. “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” is the opening line of the piece and is repeated on line thirty-six. This is a reoccurring idea that this wall should not be up standing in the first place as it is unnecessary. Frost says that there is a natural force that tears down these walls as they are unnatural. The repetition emphasises that it only separates us from being able to build last longing relationships from those who may be on the opposite side to that fence.

The other replication noticed is of the motto of the neighbour’s father, “Good fences make good neighbours.” This phrase holds a very strong importance to the speaker’s neighbour. In no way, shape or form does the man over the wall want to change his sturdy built tradition of his father’s trusty and wise wisdom. Frost would rather the...
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