Mending Wall

analytical Essay
1020 words
1020 words

Mending Wall

The year was 1914; this was a time in American history when we as a nation were just beginning to emerge onto the world stage. The world had yet to endure the First World War and all that followed it within the 20th century. This was at a time when life seemed to move at a slower pace and a large number of families still lived in the country. This is the place you must imagine in order to understand where Robert Frost is coming from when you read his poem entitled Mending Wall. Eighty-six years has passed since this poem was first published, but its message is timeless because it makes the reader challenge his or her own beliefs in maintaining and breaking down social boundaries. In this essay, I plan to look at the following questions. What are the principal themes of Robert Frost's Mending Wall? How does the poem use symbolism to broaden the problems of repairing boundaries? Does the 1st person agree or disagree that good fences make good neighbors? To what extent is the poem ironic and how does irony modify its moral messages?

I think that the principal themes of the poems are a combination of different ideas. The ideas of setting boundaries between people are based on prejudice. This poem makes you face the evil of prejudice and ask the question, why do we build walls (real and unreal) around ourselves? He not only asked this important question, but he also gave the answer within the poem. In this poem you find the two men coming together each year to rebuild the wall. This is a way of finding common ground between the two men that could help to build a lasting friendship between the two neighbors.

In this poem, Robert Frost used symbolism in order to express problems of repairing the boundary wall of the universal problem of maintaining social boundaries. In the poem Frost wrote

To each the boulders that have fallen to each

And some are loaves and some are nearly balls.

We have to use a spell to make them balance (16-18)

"Boulders" could represent differences between not only the two neighbors but also differences between all mankind. The word "loaves" and "balls" can represent big and small problems or differences between people. Frost was trying to challenge the reader to ask whether or not we need to build walls around ourselves in order to protect our own interests.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the themes of robert frost's poem entitled mending wall. the poem uses symbolism to broaden the problems of repairing social boundaries.
  • Analyzes how the themes of the poems are a combination of different ideas. setting boundaries between people is based on prejudice.
  • Analyzes how frost used symbolism to express problems of repairing the boundary wall of the universal problem of maintaining social boundaries.
  • Analyzes how the first person in the poem is constantly wrestling with the question, do good fences make good neighbors, and i don't think that he ever agrees with his neighbor beyond the hill.
  • Analyzes how frost began to tackle this issue by asking the question, "what is it that does not love a wall?" and then giving examples that continued to support his belief that good fences do not make good neighbors.
  • Analyzes how the 1st person is willing to help his neighbor rebuild the wall that divides them.
  • Analyzes how the poem's three passages prove that the 1st person doesn't expect that "good fences make good neighbors."
  • Analyzes how frost uses irony to hide his moral message within the poem, forcing the readers to search it out for themselves and draw their own conclusion to the hidden message of social boundaries.
  • Analyzes how frost uses "wall between us" twice within these three lines of poetry to prove that the two men are not friends but simply neighbors who live side by side.
  • Analyzes how the two men worked hard to rebuild the wall between them each spring knowing that it would only fall down again. the fence represents how social prejudices are started at a young age in the home.
  • Explains that they have tried to answer the four questions, which help to give insight on robert frost and his poem mending wall.
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