Robert Frost's Mending Wall

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Robert Frost's Mending Wall

In his poem 'Mending Wall', Robert Frost presents to us the thoughts of barriers linking people, communication, friendship and the sense of security people gain from barriers. His messages are conveyed using poetic techniques such as imagery, structure and humor, revealing a complex side of the poem as well as achieving an overall light-hearted effect. Robert Frost has cleverly intertwined both a literal and metaphoric meaning into the poem, using the mending of a tangible wall as a symbolic representation of the barriers that separate the neighbors in their friendship. "Mending Wall" is about two neighbors who disagree over the need of a wall to separate their properties. Not only does the wall act as a
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These phrases are also figurative and represent the setting of a barrier in the neighbors' friendship. When they meet to repair the wall, it could be metaphorically interpreted as repairing their friendship and resolving disputes. "To each the boulders have fallen to each" (line 16) shows that fault lie on the behalf of both neighbors. The metaphor in line seventeen compares their disputes to "loaves and balls" - some are small and some are large. Figurative language has been used to convey the meaning and significance of building the wall. An overall light-hearted tone has been achieved throughout the poem. One of the main techniques used to achieve this is the inclusion of conversation. "Stay where you are until our backs are turned!" (Line 19) and the metaphor "spring is mischief in me" (line 28) for example, shows the neighbors having fun mending the wall together, creating a cheerful, light-hearted atmosphere. The comparison of the repairing of the fence to an outdoor game also contributes to this light-heartedness. Although the narrator does not want the wall, ironically, the mending of the wall brings the neighbors together. In repairing the fence, the neighbors are spending time together, building their friendship and improving the communication between them. Humor has also been used as a technique to achieve a light-hearted
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