Analyzing Robert Frost's Mending Wall

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Analyzing Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California on March 26th in 1874. Robert Frost 's personal life was filled with grief and insecurities. When he was 11, his father died of tuberculosis, his mother died of cancer years after, and his sister was confined into a mental institution where she also later died. Elinor and Robert Frost had six children together. One of their sons died of cholera, one son committed suicide, one of their daughters died after being born due to puerperal fever, and another daughter of theirs died three days after birth. Frost 's wife developed breast cancer and died of heart failure in 1938. With all of the above listed tragedies of his loved ones and suffering from…show more content…
The main theme in Robert Frost’s poem is the description of two very distinct and unique lifestyles between two neighbors and the idea of maintaining civility and neighbor like barriers. However, one of the neighbors feel that there is no need to have this wall. The barriers are made from each neighbor 's own perspective. One neighbors barriers are built out of tradition and habits and the other neighbors perspective reflects reasoning. What I get from the poem is the actual portrayal of how people literally and metaphorically build walls and barriers between each other due to some form of tradition or reason. In ‘Mending Wall’ Frost expresses his thoughts and questions of boundaries and their worth through a numerous number of literary devices. Frost uses a variety of literary techniques and devices throughout his poem such as tone, imagery, figure of speech, diction, form of structure, metrical variation, and symbolization, to help us understand his feelings and argument upon the barrier between the two neighbors. To generalize Frost’s poems, they are about a specific place, America 's New England because Frost spent years as a farmer in New England. "Mending Wall" narrates a story drawn from New England. In the poem the narrator, a New England farmer, contacts his neighbor in the season of spring to rebuild the stone
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