Analysis Of Mending Wall By Robert Frost

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Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall,” written as a blank verse monologue, talks about the differences between two neighbors who have conflicting views when it comes to controlling human nature and following traditions. A normal neighbor is very stern about keeping up a wall the speaker considers unneeded and instead follows his ancestors’ traditions without considering the speaker’s arguments, and is unwilling to go “behind his father's saying,” the old adage “Good fences make good neighbors.” For the speaker, there is no need to build a wall for no good reason. The speaker does not trust his neighbor’s idea of building a wall because he wants to think through this action properly before going about making it happen. The speaker uses several arguments to try to prevent his neighbor from continuing a tradition that he has yet to evaluate. For the speaker, walls are not necessary because they go against nature, since nature even tries to knock down unnecessary walls. The speaker perceives building walls between neighbors as pointless, hostile, old-fashioned and discourteous. The speaker support his claims with various reasons. His main rationale not to build a fence is that having their properties divided is pointless—why divide trees that do not cross paths, as the speaker has an apple orchard and the neighbor pine trees? “My apple trees will never get across and eat all the cones under his pines.” For the speaker, fencing out tress is hostile as they are not living beings
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