“Mending Wall” written by Robert Frost uses the literary device metaphor to reveal the literal and figurative wall between two men and wall exist in society. The wall devised by Frost exists between the two men because they cannot overcome their differences in personality and opinion. The reader discovers the underlying message by analyzing the created metaphor of the wall between the speaker and his neighbor. Works Cited Frost, Robert. “Mending Wall.” Poets.org.
Analysis of Mending Wall by Robert Frost In his poem 'Mending Wall', Robert Frost presents to us the ideas of barriers between people, communication, friendship and the sense of security people gain from barriers. His messages are conveyed using poetic techniques such as imagery, structure and humour, revealing a complex side of the poem as well as achieving an overall light-hearted effect. Robert Frost has cleverly intertwined both a literal and metaphoric meaning into the poem, using the mending of a tangible wall as a symbolic representation of the barriers that separate the neighbours in their friendship. The theme of the poem is about two neighbours who disagree over the need of a wall to separate their properties. Not only does the wall act as a divider in separating estates, it also acts as a barrier in the neighbours' friendship, separating them.
Robert Frost’s Mending Wall In his poem 'Mending Wall', Robert Frost presents to us the thoughts of barriers linking people, communication, friendship and the sense of security people gain from barriers. His messages are conveyed using poetic techniques such as imagery, structure and humor, revealing a complex side of the poem as well as achieving an overall light-hearted effect. Robert Frost has cleverly intertwined both a literal and metaphoric meaning into the poem, using the mending of a tangible wall as a symbolic representation of the barriers that separate the neighbors in their friendship. “Mending Wall” is about two neighbors who disagree over the need of a wall to separate their properties. Not only does the wall act as a divider in separating estates, it also acts as a barrier in the neighbors' friendship, separating them.
Shakespeare’s Sonnet 15 explores the possibility of preserving a man through verse, employing a gardening metaphor to explain the process of doing so. Throughout the sonnet, men are likened to plants in their manner of growing, exhibiting beauty, as well as by their impermanence. The comparison between men and plants culminates in the final line of the poem in which the speaker promises to “ingraft [the man] new” (14), presumably through verse. “Ingrafting” in this instance suggests both the act of writing as well as a horticultural process practiced by cultivators of plants. Because writing and the grafting of plants ultimately produce strikingly different results, the poet introduces a dichotomous conception of what exactly he intends for the subject of his sonnet.
In this poem, Frost implements a specific physical structure along with poetic devices including, dialogue and metaphors to derive a deeper social commentary from a common occurrence- building a wall. The physical construction of the poem “Mending Wall” reflects the literal wall and the metaphorical barrier being erected between the two men. Instead of dividing his poem into stanzas, Frost “presents an unbroken sequence of lines” (Andrews 1). First, the poem is left justified over its entirety and lacks any stanza breaks. These two characteristics cause the poem to appear on the page as resembling a jagged, serrated wall.
This has allowed him to break the family tradition and yet has managed to find a link with poetry and the farm labour. Both of poems include actions of farm labour in the countryside. In ‘Mending Wall’, Frost has chosen to have an argument for and against the idea of boundaries, whereas Heaney has decided to ‘dig’ into his past for the answers to his questions. During ‘Mending Wall’, the poet is starting to question this choice of rebuilding the ‘wall’. He is not happy at the end of the poem as the neighbour can only answer ‘Good fences make good neighbours’ and Frost feels that this argument is inadequate.
This poem is filled with dramatic principle that satisfied the Victorian period’s demand for an action and drama that were not overtly apparent in the work. In the case of “My Last Duchess” the drama of the poem is how his character, the Duke, is introduced. In dramatic monologues the character’s self is revealed through thoug... ... middle of paper ... ... by Browning, but he also sets himself and his consciousness apart from the modern society who remained. Shown by how Prufrock isolated himself away from the fakery of his society. Both Browning and Eliot seek to improve upon the nature of the dramatic monologue.
Throughout the poem, the poet presents an overall meaning. The main meaning is that nature can bring happiness when it’s needed and that its beauty should be appreciated. The speaker of this poem makes a heaven out of a windy day and a bunch of daffodils. When he felt lonely, the daffodils around him, gave him a boost of joy. The poet is implying that people have become blind to the beauty of nature that is easily accessed, which is why he focused on the visual descriptions of the daffodils.
The amazing gift of nature is the blessing Wordsworth sees and wishes for those around him to recognize the issue is often the plain, everyday miracles of the world are overlooked because of the material things human possess more and more of each day. The statement made by Bloom is a very accurate one as Wordsworth does wish to push the world back into a respect for the beauty and blessing of nature. The application of Wordsworth’s call back to nature is seen in his poem Tinturn Abbey, as he recalls the happiness brought to him in his youth by the peace and beauty of the area. Throughout the entire poem Wordsworth never once mentions the actual Abbey or the architecture of the building, instead he speaks of the loveliness of the scenery surrounding the place in which he was sitting and the peaceful feeling being separate from the world. Words... ... middle of paper ... ...tion of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep.”(Thoreau) The wisdom of Thoreau can cause each to think of the life they lead and how often technology is involved in the different aspects of their day to day routine and make people wonder what life would be like should they find a way to return to the simplicity and peacefulness of a world where nature is seen, admired, praised, and no longer ignored.
For example, in the poem Mending Wall it appears that Robert frost is talking about two man arguing about a wall but at a closer look the reader realizes that the poem is about the things that separate man from man, which can be viewed as destructive. In After Apple Picking, the darkness of nature is present through the man wanting sleep, which is symbolic of death. It might seem that the poem is about apple picking and hard work but it is actually about the nature of death. Poets use events in their lives as a... ... middle of paper ... ...y. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002. Print.