Analysis Of Robert Frost's Mending Wall

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The turn of the twentieth century brought about in the United States the largest economic and industrial period of change ever experienced in the history of mankind. This period of time was characterised by big power hungry monopolies, the downfall of colonialism, devastating outbreaks of cholera and typhoid, and most importantly the rejection of old-world traditions. During this time of change, In 1914 Robert Frost published his poem “Mending Wall”. The poem is literally about the speaker and his neighbour repairing a wall that divides their property, but figuratively, this American classic embodies the spirit of a new age in American history. In the “Mending Wall”, Robert Frost uses the literary device of symbolism to express his theme of the destruction of old-world tradition. The use of symbolism in the poem “Mending Wall” expresses the new age American way of thinking in contrast to the social tradition of the old-world. In the poem, the speaker and his neighbour meat ritual every year in the spring to make repairs to the wall that divides them and their property. It could be argued that the holes in the wall are a symbol for the deterioration of old-world traditions. The speaker says in regards to the holes in the wall “No one has seen them made or heard them made, But at spring mending-time we find them there.” Everything will erode with time. Whether it is as simple as the stones of a wall, or as grand and seemingly untouchable as the traditions or culture of
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