• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall”.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Summary Walls are nothing but barriers, which represent differentiation and division. This is the main matter of Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall". A stone wall separates the speaker's property from his neighbor's. In spring, the two meet to renovate the wall. The speaker sees no reason for the wall to be constructed, as there are no cows to destroy each other's possessions (and hence, in the process damage their relationship). There are only apple and pine trees, which of course cannot eat each other. He does not believe in building up walls to share a good relationship, while on the contrary, the neighbor resorts to an old clich´┐Ż: "Good fences make good neighbors", when in reality, fences create disharmony among people. ...read more.

Middle

This has become a regular procedure for them. Yet nature itself is against the erection of the wall; it hampers the wall from remaining firm. These men replace the broken boulders back on top of the wall, yet ultimately, whether at the hand of hunters, or the invisible hand of nature, the rocks tumble down again. Still, the neighbor persists on continuing with their repertoire. The poem, thus, seems to contemplate on three distinctive themes: barrier-building (animosity, in the broadest sense of the word), the catastrophic consequence of this conduct, and the persistence in this activity regardless of the outcome. This wall-building act seems ancient and ludicrous, for Frost uses terms such as "spells" and "elves," and the neighbour is described as a Stone-Age man while he builds the wall. ...read more.

Conclusion

The satirical part of the poem is that the building of the wall is the only time the neighbours interact. Thus, wall-building, for them, becomes more like a social activity. As a matter of fact, there is a whole lot of purpose and gain in breaking the wall. The bringing down of the wall is probably the key to unification. In fact, nature itself seems to be urging the neighbours to connect with each other by ruining the traditional boundaries. On a superficial level, Frost seems to be talking about a wall between two typical neighbours but a closer look will reveal that the subject of the poem actually relates to relationships as a whole. The poem also advocates a moral that mankind should be brave enough to elude from the dark and reach out for the enlightenment. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Robert Frost section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Robert Frost essays

  1. Commentarty: Mending Wall by Robert Frost

    Political walls between countries, social barriers between races, sexes and religions and also, the walls that we build personally around ourselves to prevent us from being hurt by someone. Throughout the poem we are unsure who the person telling the story is.

  2. Free essay

    Fros's peorty is more about people than nature. Discuss

    At the end of the day, he must continue In 'Nothing Gold Can Stay', Frost emphasises the theme of duty by claiming that it is through responsibility that the true innocence of human nature is lost. The structure of the poem serves to highlight this process in its eight lines, Frost summarises the life cycle of humans.

  1. Discuss Frost's Attitudes Towards Nature and People in 'Out Out-', 'Two Tramps in Mud ...

    He describes the setting of the story in a beautiful, more traditional way, and depicts the sun setting over the peaks of five mountains. He uses appeal to the senses also here, explaining the smell of 'sweet-scented' wood, the sight of the sunset and the 'five mountain ranges one behind another', and the sounds of the 'rattling' buzz saw.

  2. Compare and contrast 2 or more anthologies. Consider the principles and preferences which ...

    The repetition of 'at dawn I sighed to see my hair fall and 'at dusk I sighed to see my hair fall.' highlights how he felt about it. An exclamation mark is used to show the writers surprise at his change of view- 'I do not mind at all!'

  1. Closely analyse the poems 'Sacifice' by Taufiq Rafat and 'Out, Out' by Robert Frost. ...

    At first the poet brings the boy alive by using speech and getting him to say 'Don't let him cut my hand off'. The poet now changers the whole pace of the poem by just having the word 'So' by itself.

  2. "The Darkling Thrush," written by Thomas Hardy - review

    it is there and it is our job to search it out. In the case of the poem, the narrator now knows that the warmer seasons will return to again bring joy and life to everyone. The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy is a poem written in December of the year 1900.

  1. On 'Mending Wall' by Robert Frost.

    This preference foreshadows the narrator's calm but cold reaction on mending a wall at the end of the poem. In line 11, 'But at spring mending-time we find them there', along with the rebirth of spring emerge gaps in a wall, coordinated reparation as well as a remarkable irony in

  2. Emotional Barriers in Robert Frost's Mending wall and Home burial".

    firmly between them at all times as they separate themselves onto their own territories as they work from either side of the wall. With the poem Frost is very successful with his use of poetic imagery. Frost continually tells us about the poor condition of the wall which could also be used in describing the relationship between the two neighbours.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work