The Mending Wall by Robert Frost Essay

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The Mending Wall by Robert Frost Robert Frost was not just a writer. Frost was, more importantly, an American writer whose works epitomized the Modernist literary movement, and in turn represented the mood and minds of a nation. Frost remains emblematic of a specific time in our country. Through the words of the poet, readers of his day could see a real-time reflection of themselves - visible in Frost's verses were the hopes and apprehensions that marked the first half of the twentieth- century. However, in his ability to express this unlikely mixture of cynicism and sentiment, Frost did more than capture the attention of his contemporaries he captured "the times" for all times. A modern reader of Frost is a reader of…show more content…
Yet, under scrutiny these lines of seeming simplicity reveal a wealth of profundity. The "something there is that doesn't love a wall" destroys the structure with "frozen-ground-swell" could be construed as Nature defying the works human hands. However, it probable that which does not "love a wall" is not simple nature, but Human Nature. The "frozen-ground-swell" is the cold heart that permeates the building of such a wall, and the eventual warming of the heart "spills the upper boulders in the sun". For Frost, a man living in a time when the industrial revolution and all the advances of the new century, the twentieth- century, were making our fenced-in walls archaic structures in an emerging homogeneoous society. In fact, the gaps in the wall were big enough that "...two could pass abreast." This is an important idea. The holes in the wall were not for one, but for two. A fence has two sides, two identities, two purposes. In the gaping holes of the wall, both that which is restricted and that which restricts, are allowed simultaneous freedom of movement. This is an exemplary idea for a time when many restraints in America, socially and physically, were being defied. Further in the poem, the speaker tells of the mending of the wall with, "And on a day we meet to walk the line/And set the wall between us once again/We keep the wall between us as we go/To
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