Analysis Of Frost's Poem, Mending Wall

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People keep an emotional distance between one another to prevent others from getting too close to them. Robert Frost in the poem “Mending Wall” shows the reader an example of two different kinds of people. One kind of person is open to the idea of friendship and is willing to make an effort to try to dissolve any conflict, and try to get along with someone else anyway possible. Then there is the other side which is against the idea of change, someone who is closed to the idea of something new and against breaking down social barriers. Yet both sides seem to find their common ground meeting at the wall.
“Mending Wall” by Robert Frost displays the seasonal routine of two neighbors who are constantly mending a wall which separates their properties. Every spring the two neighbors meet at the wall to repair any damaged or ill placed stone which may have occurred during the long winter months. Frost expresses the wall’s misshapen condition due to specific conditions like when,
“The frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding” (2-8)

Frost's use of detailed description in this poem is quite interesting. It helps provide the reader with a better visual image of the poem. He doesn’t go too far though as to tell the reader exactly what’s going on, he leaves the poem open to interpretation so that the reader can decide for himself what is truly going on between the neighbors. On one hand, Frost tells us specifically what is going on in the poem, the two neighbors meet together at the beginning of spring to mend the wall adjoining there two properties. He gives us details that show how meticulously the men repair the wall moving boulder to ball size stones back into their rightful positions, so much so that they wear their fingers rough handling them all. Their dedication and commitment to the wall shines through when reading how persistent these men are about keeping it well intact. However, even though both men take great care of the wall, the welcome necessity for keeping the wall there and intact is not shared by both neighbors, but the neighbor opposing the idea of the wall uses this time to socialize with his neighbor and tries to convince him that this time spent repairing the wall is as foolish and unnecessary as having the wall left there in the first place. You take notice that during this “spring mending-time” the two neighbors are not only completing a joint task, but they are also building some form of a relationship. If this relationship was not willingly made between the two neighbors they would not repeat their routine, time and time again.
As the poem goes on, it clearly shows that even though the two men are conversing and working together, there is always some distance between...

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