the mending wall Essay

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ANALYSIS #2: THE MENDING WALL

In the poem, “The Mending Wall” Frost creates a lot of ambiguity in order to leave the poem open for interpretation. Frost’s description of every detail in this poem is very interesting, it leaves the reader to decide for themselves what deductions they are to be making of the poem. To begin with, Frost makes literal implications about what the two men are doing. For instance, they are physically putting the stones back, one by one. Their commitment and constant drive shows how persistent these men seem about keeping the wall intact. On the other hand, there are inferences that something deeper is occurring.
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As the poem continues, we see that what they are doing is somewhat of a game. The speaker even states, “Oh, just another kind of outdoor game.” The speaker goes on to say, “We keep the wall between us as we go.” Almost as if there is a competition between the two. “He is all pine and I am apple orchard” It seems to indicate that these two men are very different, but despite this difference they form a unique bond.
Frost also uses an application of the stone itself. “Stay where you are until our backs are turned.” By personifying the stone, it shows that the speaker may be so bored that he is willing to speak with inanimate objects. Also, this shows that his partner may not be all that talkative as was expected. After all, the neighbor only says one thing, “Good fences make good neighbors.”:
However there is also a separation or segregation. In addition to the separation of the two men, Frost contrasts his “wall” of separation with the idea of segregation in our society. He uses this “wall” to display a separation between people in the current social climate. Lastly, there is the recurring idea that the wall should not be there. “We do not need the wall” This sentence implies that the wall separating us as people, needs to

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