Relationships: Wall and Tyger

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What would the world be like without relationships? Would you be satisfied? What is the definition of a healthy relationship? Why do we separate people from our lives? Why do we welcome certain people in our lives and not others? How do we know when we can trust someone? What is a true relationship? Why do we repair relationships? What is the value of putting up a fence (O’Brien)? All of these questions can be answered with the poems “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost and “The Tyger” by William Blake. In these poems both speakers question why to create or build something that is either destructive or will be destroyed. The “Mending Wall,” by Robert Frost, describes a story about two men who come together each spring to walk alongside the wall that separates their farms. When someone builds a wall, they are separating themselves from something or someone and keeping something or someone at a distance. In “Mending Wall,” the narrator of the poem is an outgoing, open-minded person. His neighbor, however, is quite the opposite of him. He is quiet, only comes out once a year in the spring, and sticks to what he knows. While they walk along the wall, they fix the breaks in the wall that the hunters and the winter have made during the past year. According to the statement in the poem by the speaker, “He is all pine and I am apple orchard,” both farms consist of trees. The wall serves no real purpose; it just separates the two farms. Also the poem says, “I have come after them and

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