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Poetry Essay

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In the poem entitled “ Mending Walls,” by Robert Frost, the idea of barriers between people and the sense of security gained from these barriers is conveyed in a very complex manner. His message is sent using poetic techniques, Frost incorporates both the literal and the metaphorical meaning of the poem, he uses the mending of a physical wall as a symbolic representation of the separation between the neighbors and the barrier between their friendship.
The structure of “Mending Wall” is a long one-stanza poem. It is written in blank verse and contains a narrative-like style with the use of Iambic Pentameters throughout. It is about two neighbors who disagree on whether or not they need a wall to separate their properties. The wall acts as literal separation of land but also as a barrier in the neighbors friendship. The neighbor with the pine trees believe that the wall is necessary because it provides a sense of security. He believes that although two people can still be good neighbors, some form of barrier is needed to separate them. The neighbor's property is a representation of his security and the wall acts as a barrier against the invasion of privacy.
Frost begins the poem with the anastrophe, “ Something there is that doesn't love a wall.” This helps frame the poem as a whole and puts an emphasis on the line by inverting the words. In the lines that follow, frost present the personification of nature. Even though this is not explicitly stated, one can infer from the words used, such as “ frozen ground” and “sun,” that the force that oppose the wall and gradually tears it down is nature. As the the reader continues farther into the poem, a visual image of the slow degradation of the wall is created. In lines 17-19, Frost elaborates on his idea by the use of a metaphor, personification, and hyperbole. The narrator states, “And some are loaves and some so nearly balls/ We have to use a spell to make them balance: / "Stay where you are until our backs are turned!" The first line compares the stone blocks used...

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