Robert Frost Alienation Analysis

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The Final Frontier
(A Literary Analysis on Robert Frost’s Poems and the Topic of Alienation)
Children struggle with this, teenagers struggle with this, adults struggle with this, and as a whole, society struggles with this.What is “this” you may ask? Alienation. Alienation is the act of being isolated from a group in which someone belongs. There are many instances where people are in situations where they are surround by people, yet feel entirely alone, though in that circumstance, they shouldn’t feel alone at all! Robert Frost was a poet in the 20th century who wrote several poems, all about alienation. In three of Frost’s poems, there are three different types of alienation that are presented.
To begin, in the short poem Mending Wall, alienation is presented in the title of the poem. Wall. Walls are created to divide people, not to bring people together. And in dividing humans, isolation occurs. Frost wrote, “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out”(Lines 32-33). The unfortunate part of that statement is that he questioned the building of the wall too late. The wall had already been built, and the people on both sides had become isolated from one another. “We build too many walls, and not enough bridges.” Sadly, that is true. Society is too busy building up their walls, they never stop to think about the purpose of doing so, or how to potentially tear them down. It is my belief that if we stop building the walls and begin to question

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