Mending Wall

2128 words 9 pages
"Mending Wall" by Robert Frost is a poem in which the characteristics of vocabulary, rhythm and other aspects of poetic technique combine in a fashion that articulates, in detail, the experience and the opposing convictions that the poem describes and discusses. The ordinariness of the rural activity is presented in specific description, and as so often is found in Frost's poems, the unprepossessing undertaking has much larger implications. Yet his consideration of these does not disturb the qualities of accessible language and technique, which give the poem its unique flavor and persuasiveness. The poem works on two levels of realism and metaphor, with a balance as poised as the act of mending the all itself. (themes) Perhaps one of …show more content…

(imagery, style, structure) The poetry of Forst stimulates brief, pungent reactions in the reader. These reactions create interest for they whet not only the reader's interest in Frost as a poet, but also in his poetry. (Go with "Self" here – the imagery he's created for the characters – their personalities, etc. (use sheet as guideline) (Self/personae) Frost poses as the literate, philosophical farmer – a man of the earth, a hard boiled, yet reflective Yankee. (SELF) Frost is the teller of the poem giving himself the ‘self' of the (insert farmer here). He is the one that initiates the spring mending (insert line) and he also says that he has come alone and made repairs (insert hunting)…..expand on ‘to have the rabbit out of hiding to please the yelping dogs'. Yet, we also get the impression that he wants the wall down when he scoffs at his neighbors saying "good fences make good neighbors" (and also (I'd rather he said it himself). Throughout these lines Frost allies himself with both the wall builder and the wall destroyer, thus playing both sides of the fence. (images) two old farmers – one who sees the fence only for what it is (stones, work, a separating of physical boundaries); one who see the fence for what they represent – the space, the distance, the walling in and walling out, the darkness inside each of us – and who struggles with wanting


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