Describe the relationship between the narrator and his neighbor in Robert Frost's poem "The Mending Wall."

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The speaker of the poem thinks that the wall is somewhat unnatural, and he believes that there is "Something... that doesn't love a wall." Nature, for example, makes the frozen ground swell up under the wall, knocking it down in places each year. The wall blocks the progress of hunters as they walk through the meadows. More gaps are made by something, but the speaker does not see what what does it and only "find[s] [the gaps] there" when spring comes. He and his neighbor "meet to walk the line"—apparently they do not meet for any other purpose than this. They symbolically keep the wall between them as they go; there is a figurative "wall" between them as much as there is a literal wall. The wall is so unnatural and the stones so ill-fitted for stacking like this that the speaker feels they "have to use a spell to make them balance." It is no easy task to keep rebuilding the wall. And yet, the speaker says, "we do not need the wall."

Near the end of the poem, the speaker describes the...

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