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What is the theme of the poem "Mending Wall"?

There are many ways of looking at this poem, which is what makes it an interesting piece to think about. Its theme is the conflict between tradition and innovation. In the poem, two neighbors mend...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020 12:48 pm UTC

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What does "Good fences make good neighbors" mean?

In general, when you say this phrase, you mean establishing boundaries between you and your neighbor helps you both know how to act and respect each other's space and privacy. For example, if you...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2016 9:09 pm UTC

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors Meaning

In the poem 'Mending Wall' by Robert Frost, the poet considers the value or otherwise, of boundaries. In contemplating whether good fences make good neighbors, he is including all barriers and...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2010 7:40 pm UTC

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Something There Is That Doesn't Love A Wall Meaning

The fact that the speaker does not specify what, precisely, is the "Something" that "sends the frozen-ground-swell" under the fence could mean that the word something refers to nature, as another...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2017 12:05 pm UTC

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In the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost what do lines 18 to 25 mean?

We have to use a spell to make them balance: 'Stay where you are until our backs are turned!' We wear our fingers rough with handling them. Oh, just another kind of out-door game, One on a side....

Latest answer posted May 2, 2010 2:15 pm UTC

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What are the figures of speech used in the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

Frost uses anaphora in this poem. In this literary device, the first word or words of a line are repeated in consecutive lines. Frost does this twice, in both cases repeating the word "and": And...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020 10:38 pm UTC

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In "The Mending Wall" by Robert Frost, what does the wall symbolize?

One of the great things about poetry is that it is intended to evoke a response from the reader, but each reader need not have an identical response. Thus, when discussing what something in a poem...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016 3:57 pm UTC

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What is the symbolism used in the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?  

Major SymbolsThe major symbols in "Mending Wall" are the stone wall and the "fences" spoken of by the neighboring farmer: "He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbours.'" Each slightly different...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2016 9:13 pm UTC

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Mending Wall Theme

The main theme of the poem is community. The narrator and the neighbor don't appear to have much in common and do not socialize with one another. As one first reads the poem, the wall seems an...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2016 11:34 pm UTC

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"He moves in darkness as it seems to me, Not of woods  only and the shades of trees" What other darkness is this...

I think the narrator is referring, in part, to the darkness of the past, the darkness of maintaining a tradition that no longer seems relevant. The neighbor who insists on keeping the wall claims...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2016 11:51 am UTC

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What is irony in the poem "Mending Wall"?  

Perhaps the greatest irony in the poem "Mending Wall" is that the speaker continues to help rebuild the wall even as he realizes he disagrees with its presence. As the poem progresses, the speaker...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 9:24 pm UTC

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How would you compare the attitude of the narrator and his neighbor in "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

The speaker doesn't like the wall. He begins the poem by stating, Something there is that doesn't love a wall,That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,And spills the upper boulders in the...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2018 11:22 pm UTC

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Explain: What does "old stone savage" stand for in the poem "Mending Wall"? .

In the poem "Mending Wall," the term "old-stone savaged armed" is used to describe the neighbor. The speaker refers to the neighbor as an "old-stone savage armed" because he is old fashioned. He...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2011 12:13 am UTC

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What are some of  the metaphors used in Robert Frost's "Mending Wall"?

We keep the wall between us as we go. The central metaphor in this poem is the wall itself. It comes to represent the divisions between people, things that keep them apart. The speaker notes that...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 11:22 am UTC

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What are the two points of view presented in Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall," and how might a reader respond to them?

The speaker is a person who likes to question tradition and do what seems to make rational sense. Therefore, getting together each year with his neighbor to repair the winter damage to the stone...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 11:16 pm UTC

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What is the form and style of the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

"Mending Wall" is one of Robert Frost's most famous poems. When you are asked about the form of something, you need to start with the very basics. At root, the form is "poetry." Delving more...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2020 1:19 pm UTC

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Explain the first 5 lines from the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost.

"Mending Wall" by Robert Frost is a poem in which Frost contemplates why he and his friendly neighbor have a wall between their two properties. He isn't enemies with his neighbor, they don't live...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2009 10:48 am UTC

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What do lines 18 through 30 in the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost mean? Explain each line.

These specific lines in Frost's "Mending Wall" illustrate the difference in personality between the speaker and the neighbor who wants to keep the wall alive and effective. There is a playful tone...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2011 11:56 pm UTC

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What is the speaker's attitude toward the wall, in "Mending Wall"?

The speaker of Robert Frost's poem entitled "Mending Wall" does not see any need for a wall between his property and that of his neighbor; he also finds walls unnatural. In the opening line, the...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2017 12:55 am UTC

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What lines are repeated in the poem "Mending Wall"?

The lines “something there is that doesn’t love a wall” and “good fences make good neighbors” are repeated. Repetition is used in poems to add emphasis and highlight significant themes. In this...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 6:48 am UTC

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Who is the speaker of "Mending Wall?"  

The speaker of this poem is a man who questions the importance of the walls we put up- both physical and emotional. He starts the poem with the contemplation, “Something there is that doesn’t love...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016 11:38 pm UTC

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In Robert Frost's "The Mending Wall," are the two characters actually friends even though they rebuild the wall...

There are positive and negative aspects to the wall and this adds to the complicated notion of the relationship between the two neighbors. Every spring, the two neighbors meet in order to repair...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2016 11:02 pm UTC

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In the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost, how does the speaker feel about the gaps in the wall?

The speaker seems to feel that, because the gaps keep forming, there is some element in the world "that doesn't love a wall." Nature "sends the frozen-ground-swell under it" so that the rocks on...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2019 11:50 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2020 8:23 pm UTC

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What is some personification in Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall"?

The erosion of the fence and the apple trees are personified. Personification is the description of something innate or not human as if it were a person. For example, there is some phantom force...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016 2:31 am UTC

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Why does the poet consider the spring season mischievous in "Mending Wall"?

The spring is the mischievous time of year because the gaps in the wall are found during spring. The poem is about two neighbors who have a wall between their land. They have an agreement to meet...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016 1:42 am UTC

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According to the speaker of "Mending Wall," what two forces cause the stone wall to fall apart?

The speaker clearly refers to forces of nature in the second line of the poem as being responsible for the wall's deterioration. He mentions that the ground becomes frozen and this causes cracks in...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2015 6:50 am UTC

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What are the themes of Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall"?

"Mending Wall," by Robert Frost, is a narrative about two neighbors who meet every spring to repair the stone wall that divides their properties. The primary symbol of the poem is, of course, the...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2013 4:15 am UTC

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What is one example of a simile in the poem "Mending Wall"?

A simile is a comparison that uses the words 'like' or 'as.' As other answers have noted, there is but one simile in this poem: I see him there Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top In each...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020 1:42 pm UTC

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How do the hunters damage the wall in "Mending Wall"? 

According to the poet, it seems that hunters come by the wall during the winter and remove stones in order to flush rabbits out of their hiding places within the wall. By tearing down sections of...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2019 5:20 pm UTC

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What did the Berlin wall and "wall in and wall out" mean in the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

Frost's poem "Mending Wall" is a contemplative journey through Frost's thoughts as he ponders what purpose the stone wall between him and his neighbor really serves. Personally, he doesn't really...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2009 4:35 am UTC

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What is the tone in the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

As another educator has mentioned, Frost employs a few tones as he progresses through this poem. However, if I had to label the entire message of the poem with a singular tone, I'd go with...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2020 2:16 pm UTC

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Characterize the speaker of the poem "The Mending Wall" by Robert Frost.

In "The Mending Wall," the speaker is a practical man who sees himself as more modern, free thinking, and rational than his traditional neighbor. The speaker is irritated about having to the repair...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2020 11:43 am UTC

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Who are the characters in the poen and what is each one's philosophy regarding walls?

The two characters are the speaker and the neighbor. The speaker is curious and inquisitive, and the neighbor believes that keeping a fence between them is the best way to maintain good relations....

Latest answer posted February 17, 2012 3:11 am UTC

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Why is the title of Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" ambiguous?

As another reviewer said, you could look at "mending" either as an action being performed by the speaker and the neighbor or as modifying the type of wall they are working on together. The title is...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 7:28 pm UTC

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What are the characteristics of the speaker and the neighbour in the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

The speaker in the poem is a thoughtful man, hard-working, practical, and discerning. As he works with his neighbour to repair the wall dividing their property, he questions the necessity of even...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2008 3:58 pm UTC

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Why do the two neighbors continue to repair the wall every spring if they don't necessarily believe that they should?

The speaker of the poem certainly thinks that repairing the wall is a complete waste of time. The two men go through the same tedious ritual every year without any compelling reason. The speaker's...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2018 6:34 pm UTC

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What are the contrasting views presented in the poem "Mending Wall"?

The narrator and his neighbor have a disagreement about the importance of mending the wall between their properties. The narrator thinks that mending the wall every year is silly. They have no...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019 2:36 am UTC

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In "Mending Wall," what is the meaning of line 43? How is this line symbolic or metaphoric?

Here is the line in context: He will not go behind his father's saying, And he likes having thought of it so well He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors." "He" refers to the...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2009 3:27 pm UTC

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Who initiates the mending of the wall?

I am going to assume that this question is referring to the Robert Frost poem "Mending Wall." The narrator of the poem is the person that initiates the mending of the wall. When the poem begins,...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2017 10:17 pm UTC

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How does the setting of "Mending Wall" help develop its central idea? The modern setting is what makes the speaker...

Robert Frost's poem, "Mending Wall," was first published in 1914. The setting is rather vague and seems confined to the immediate areas either side of the same portion of the eponymous wall. The...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019 9:48 am UTC

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Mending Wall Symbolism

The speaker tells us that his neighbor on the other side of the wall has a grove of pine trees while his own property contains an apple orchard. Pine trees are, of course, coniferous, and they do...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 11:31 pm UTC

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What figures of speech appear in the poem "Mending Wall?"

The wall is a literal, physical wall. But it also is a metaphor for the emotional wall between the speaker and his neighbor. The speaker claims that something doesn't love the wall. The spring thaw...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2015 3:55 pm UTC

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In the poem "Mending Wall," how are the neighbor and narrator alike and how are they different?

Both the narrator and the neighbor are rural property owners, responsible for maintaining their land as needed for the use to which each has designated it. Both engage in the shared rebuilding of...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2012 8:49 pm UTC

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What are some philosophical interpretations of the poem "Mending Wall"?

That is an interesting question to ask. In this context, I am interpreting "philosophical" to mean some timeless and universal meanings for Frost's "Mending Wall." The two that I take away after...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2016 4:08 pm UTC

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What is the neighbor’s father’s saying in “Mending Wall”?  

The answer to this question can be found in the final three lines of the poem: He will not go behind his father's saying, And he likes having thought of it so well He says again, "Good fences make...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2019 8:00 pm UTC

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In lines 8 and 9 of Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall," what or whom do the yelping dogs and the rabbits symbolize?

In Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall,” the speaker describes how he has often repaired the stone wall separating his farm from his neighbor’s farm. He notes that the wall needs to be repaired...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2011 3:02 am UTC

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Please analyse lines 27 - 34 of "Mending Wall" and relate them to the meaning of the entire poem.

What is important to realise about so much of Frost's poetry is that everything functions symbolically as well as literally. Here, in this poem, what seems to be a slight disagreement or...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2011 11:46 pm UTC

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In Mending Wall, why does the neighbor look like a savage to Robert Frost?  

In Mending Wall the speaker, an apple farmer and his neighbor "set the wall between us once again" after it has inevitably been broken down by natural events after the " frozen-ground-swell" or...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2013 6:58 am UTC

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Please discuss consonance, alliteration and especially assonance in Robert Frost's "Mending Wall." I have the...

Assonance, consonance and alliteration are all literary devices based upon sound, and used most often in poetry—they are what gives poetry a "musical, lilting" feel. All of these devices are based...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2012 6:17 am UTC

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