How is "Mending Wall" ironic?
Walls are generally built to protect and secure. They are there to either keep out what is bad or unwanted, or to keep in what is valuable and important. Ironically, though, it seems that the wall between the speaker and his neighbor serves no purpose. The speaker states in lines 22 to 23:
It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall....
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines....
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
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