Robert Frost Questions and Answers

Robert Frost book cover
Start Your Free Trial

Explore the possible prevalence of eternal dilemmas or opposite attitudes which Robert Frost dramatizes in all of the following poems: "Mending Wall" "The Death of the Hired Man" "The Wood-Pile" "The Road Not Taken" "Birches" "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" "Tree at My Window" "West-Running Brook"

Expert Answers info

Julianne Hansen, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12)

bookM.A. from Clemson University

calendarEducator since 2019

write1,795 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

I'll help you through a few of these, and hopefully that will provide the support you need to more fully examine the remaining poems on your own.

"Mending Wall": In this poem, the speaker examines why he and his neighbor must rely on a physical division between their two properties. His neighbor replies that "good fences make good neighbors," and the narrator questions whether this is really true. After all, the speaker has an apple orchard and his neighbor's property is covered in pines—not cows. So what exactly are they trying to keep in—or out? The eternal dilemma that thus arises is whether physical boundaries create better relationships. His neighbor has learned this philosophy from his own father and does not question it; the belief is part of his view of the world. The question is never resolved as the narrator continues constructing a wall for which he cannot find a purpose.

"The Road Not Taken": The real eternal dilemma here lies in the title of the poem itself. While readers...

(The entire section contains 550 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial