Poem Analysis: Robert Frost's “Mending Wall”

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Poem Analysis: Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall”
It was a time of freedom in the world of poetry. At the time, notable names such as Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Charles Darwin were dissecting the thoughts and behaviors of humans. The war between religion and science waged on while continually influencing poets’ writing. It was the Modern Period, and one of the biggest names associated with it is Robert Frost.

Robert Frost was born March 26, 1874 in California. He became interested in poetry after moving to Massachusetts at the age of eleven. His first poem to be published was “My Butterfly” in 1894. A year later, Frost married his muse, Elinor Miriam White. Together, they moved to England where Robert became acquainted with Ezra Pound, a poet who helped get the word out about Frost’s talent. After three years, Robert and Elinor moved back to the United States, where Frost was already known after having published two collections, one named North of Boston (1914). Robert Frost died January 29, 1963. During his impressive career in poetry, Frost was awarded four Pulitzer Prizes.

After running a farm in New England, Frost’s writing became heavily influenced by the beautiful land around him. It often included nature and embodied simplicity in its words. Frost’s wording may have been simple, but he always included deeper themes under the surface of the poem. The indirect themes of his poetry seem to have a timeless effect on its readers. He appeared to write about situations individuals find themselves in no matter the time period, whether he intended to or not. In fact, one of Frost’s most famous poems, “Mending Wall”, is the perfect example of how a piece of writing can seem straightforward, but at second glance, has a more powerful message.

“Mending Wall” is written in iambic pentameter for the most part. However, Frost includes lines that have an extra syllable so the rhythm for the reader is disturbed, much like the wall is damaged. An example...
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