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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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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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In "Mending Wall," what connotative language and images does Robert Frost use?

When examining connotative language in any poem, it is essential to delve into the use of language as trying to convey something beyond dictionary meaning. Connotative language enables the poet to...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2014 4:20 pm 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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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 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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In "Mending Wall," why does the speaker meet his neighbor beyond the hill in the spring?

The speaker of the poem meets his neighbor every spring "to walk the line / And set the wall between us once again" (l. 13-14). This is a ritual that the two perform every year because there seems...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2015 2:19 am UTC

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Is Frost trying to say that walls, where useful, are much to be desired? Is Frost trying to say that walls, where...

I think he's trying to say that a world without walls or barriers of any kind is not only impractical but inadvisable as well. Some are for safety, some are for identity, and some are just to...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2011 8:57 am UTC

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In "Mending Wall," does the wall between the neighbors' farms serve a practical purpose? What evidence in the poem...

The speaker in Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" finds the wall that separates his property from his neighbor's to be extremely unpractical. It doesn't keep hunters from crossing their land in pursuit...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2019 1:50 pm UTC

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In "Mending Wall", how does each neighbor respond to the wall?

Both the speaker and the neighbor agree on the benefit of the wall. They both spend time repairing it. More than that, they repair it together. The speaker, however, does question why exactly...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2008 11:14 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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Think about Frost's poem "Mending Wall". What does "Good fences make good neighbors" mean?

The narrator in "Mending Wall" is tellling about the annual work involved in rebuilding the rock wall that separates his apple orchard from the pines on his neighbor's property. As they labor, he...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2013 3:04 pm UTC

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In "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost, what is the gap the speaker refers to?

The two men in this poem joke about what it is that has caused the gaps in the wall that separates their two properties. Physically, the wall is made of stones, and therefore it needs to be...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2018 12:36 pm UTC

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How does the speaker in "Mending Wall" characterize his neighbor?

The speaker views his neighbor as being a man who lives according to tradition without thinking. Each spring, his neighbor insists that he and the speaker restore the breaks in the stone wall that...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2009 6:34 pm UTC

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In "Mending Wall," what does the wall mean to the speaker?

The speaker would prefer not to have the wall since they have to mend it every year and neither neighbor has livestock. The speaker does not like having the wall. He finds it inconvenient and kind...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2016 12:22 am UTC

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Why does the narrator believe that his neighbor "moves in darkness?"

In "Mending Wall," the narrator points out that annually, he and his neighbor rebuild a wall between them that doesn't need to be there. Neither of them keeps animals that might break through; he...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2015 5:47 am UTC

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In "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost, what is the narrator's opinion of the wall?

The narrator opens with a line that tells us that he finds the idea of a stone wall unnatural and unfriendly, saying, "Something there is that doesn't love a wall" (line 1). He notes that nature...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2015 2:48 am UTC

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What are examples of literary devices such as tone, allusion, parallelism, consonance, satire, irony, and...

When the narrator says, "He is all pine and I am apple orchard," he does not actually mean that his neighbor is made of pine and the speaker is made of apple orchard. He means that his neighbor's...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2017 2:46 am UTC

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Do the speaker's actions in the poem match his words? Why or why not?  

No, the speakers actions do not match his words. In the poem, the speaker is helping his neighbor repair the stone wall between their properties. They do this every spring because, for various...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2018 1:09 pm UTC

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I am writing a paper comparing/contrasting "Mending Wall" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Which areas of...

Both poems could be compared on the basis of their speakers: in both cases, the speaker is quietly subversive, questioning social norms. In "Stopping by Woods," the speaker is subversive in...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 12:56 pm UTC

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Can you provide examples of 1.) alliteration, 2.) assonance, 3) simile, 4.) metaphor, and 5.) paradox in the poem...

Many have argued that the entire poem is a metaphor, though Robert Frost cautioned against reinterpretation by those who read the poem's wall or fence as the Berlin Wall and the poem as standing...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2019 6:58 am UTC

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In the poem "Mending Wall," does the wall between the neighbors' farms serve a practical purpose? What evidence in...

The practical purpose of the wall is to serve as a divider between the properties. The speaker points out that walls are normally used to keep livestock enclosed. Since neither of the neighbors...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016 4:31 am UTC

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How do the characters in the poem seem to feel about walls in "Mending Wall"?

The speaker does not like walls because he doesn’t feel that they are needed, but his neighbor prefers him. When the speaker says, “Something there is that doesn't love a wall” (line 1), he is...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2013 3:21 pm UTC

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What does the speaker think destroys the wall?

In the poem "Mending Wall," the speaker thinks that the long stone wall between his property and that of his neighbor's gets destroyed regularly by two things: 1. When it's springtime and the...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2016 5:47 pm UTC

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How does a "frozen ground swell" damage a wall ("Mending Wall")? 

When water freezes, it expands. Note that this is the reason why icebergs and ice cubes float in water. So, when the water underground freezes, it expands and pushes outward (and up). This pushes...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2013 7:45 pm UTC

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In "Mending Wall," by Robert Frost, how do fences makes good neighbors?

Poet Robert Frost uses the wall as a metaphor to symbolize many things in his famous poem. In its concrete form, the stone wall serves to unify its neighbors each spring when the ground thaws,...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2011 11:34 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the point of view of the two neighbors in "Mending Wall." What are the two perspectives...

In Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall,” the speaker begins by observing that nature itself seems to want to bring down the wall. Both frost and sunlight attack it to the point where it needs to be...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 5:12 am UTC

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Identify and explain two instances of parallel structure in the poem "Mending Wall."

Parallel structure, or parallelism, is a literary technique in which two or more phrases or sentences in a short story or a poem, for example, repeat the same grammatical structure, but with one or...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2020 3:24 pm UTC

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How does an understanding of "mending" in "Mending Wall" as either verb or an adjective affect the interpretation?

This question points out how the word "mending" in the title of the poem can be either a verb (something you do to a wall) or an adjective (something that describes or defines the wall). By...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2016 6:13 pm UTC

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How does Robert Frost use ambiguity to present his message about walls and neighbors in the poem "Mending Wall"? What...

Robert Frost's poem “Mending Wall” gives the reader the initial impression that the wall in question is a good thing, but it doesn't take long to see that the speaker does not really care for the...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2016 1:23 pm UTC

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In "Mending Wall," what does Robert Frost portray the hunters as?

In Frost's poem "Mending Wall," the speaker says that nature does not love a stone wall and will gradually tear it down. Ice creates gaps in the stones and the unfreezing topples them from the...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016 8:25 pm UTC

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How long does it take the narrator and his neighbor to mend the wall in Robert Frost's "Mending Wall"?

In "Mending Wall," it takes the narrator and his neighbor a day to mend the wall between their properties. We know this, because the narrator states: And on a day we meet to walk the line And set...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 6:12 pm UTC

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How is "Mending Wall" a poem about human nature and its tendency to build walls between individuals, societies, and...

In this poem, the narrator does not want to once again mend the stone wall between his property and his neighbor's, a ritual the two men engage in every spring. The narrator knows the wall is...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2018 8:52 pm UTC

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How does the speaker's attitude toward his neighbor change in "Mending Wall"?

When the speaker and his neighbor begin the yearly ritual of repairing the wall, it seems to be just that - an annual replacing of the rocks that have fallen away or been removed in the past year....

Latest answer posted April 28, 2012 2:19 pm UTC

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In "Mending Wall," what is the effect of the wall between the speaker and the neighbor?  

As the narrator and his neighbor undertake their annual ritual of wall repair, the narrator shares his belief that the wall acts as a barrier between him and his neighbor. He uses the poem to poke...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2015 8:37 pm UTC

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In "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost, why do you think the speaker agrees to rebuild the wall every time it falls down?

The activity can be seen as an excuse for the speaker to bond with his neighbor for a brief period once a year. He probably sees it as an opportunity to be social and to renew the link they have....

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018 6:49 am UTC

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What are the two opposite attitudes toward tradition in the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

For the narrator, tradition by itself is unimportant. In his case, it creates unnecessary work that serves no good purpose. For his neighbor, tradition is all-important and must be adhered to for...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2019 3:12 am UTC

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In the poem, "Mending Wall," why does Frost say there is something that does not love a wall?  

Sometimes it's not a bad idea to look at a poem as a kind of mini-essay. In Frost's "Mending Wall," the narrator wants to make the point that the wall between himself and his neighbor benefits no...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016 6:48 pm UTC

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What lines from the poem show that the speaker does not completely believe that this task needs to be done every year?

The most important lines illustrating the speaker's skepticism over the necessity of this annual ritual are the following: Oh, just another kind of out-door game, One on a side. It comes to little...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019 8:51 am UTC

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How would you describe the speakers personality in 'Mending Wall'?

I would describe the speaker's personality as playful and humorous. He is being facetious in his response to his own statement: Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That wants it down.' I...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2011 6:35 am UTC

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2 opposing opinions expressed in "Mending Wall":"Good fences make good neighbos"and "Something there is that doesn't...

In today's world where houses are getting closer and closer together, I would say that good fences make good neighbors. However, Frost's poem "Mending Wall" is about a fence in the middle of...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2009 12:24 am UTC

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How does the structure of the poem "Mending Wall" contribute to its description?  

"Mending Wall" describes the old, low stone walls of New England that still often mark property lines. In the poem, the narrator and his neighbor walk the length of their dividing wall. Each one...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2016 11:52 pm UTC

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

The speaker of the poem describes the myriad reasons he has to come out and repair the stone wall between his own and his neighbor's property, even though he does not actually like the wall or feel...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019 1:50 am UTC

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What do you think the purpose of the wall is?

The reader never knows the inital reason why the wall was built, and that is the whole premise for the speaker asking his neighbor about the purpose of the wall. The speaker reasons, "Isn't it /...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2016 9:34 pm UTC

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In Robert Frost's "Mending Wall," what do the wall and the two farmers represent?

In Robert Frost's "Mending Wall," first published in 1914, the farmers represent individuals, groups, societies, or anything subject to a division or boundary. The wall represents those boundaries...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016 12:08 am UTC

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Before he would build a wall the speaker in 'Mending wall' would want to know: A: What he was walling in or walling...

Based on the choices provided, the best answer is "A: What he was walling in or walling out." This information is found fairly late in the poem. The speaker specifically states that, before...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2018 11:13 pm UTC

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In Frost's "The Mending Wall," is the wall good or bad for a relationship?

It all depends on whose side of the argument you're on. If you agree with the speaker, then you'll think that the construction of a wall is pretty much a waste of time. It's an artificial barrier...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2018 10:27 am UTC

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Explain motivation behind the neighbor’s duties toward the wall and his favorite saying, “Good fences make good...

Interestingly, the poem begins assertively, but dissolves into ambiguity. The recital of the adage "Good fences make good neighbors" is a ritualistic belief, something that is done simply because...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2011 2:49 am UTC

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In "The Mending Wall," what’s the literal meaning of the line, “We have to use a spell to make them balance”?

This line contains some figurative language and should not be read literally. The speaker and his neighbor are not witches that cast an actual magic spell on the stones to make them stay in fence...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2020 11:38 am UTC

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Do you believe good fences make good neighbors?

I think a case can be made for the value of a fence between neighbors, in spite of all the reasons Frost presents to the contrary in "Mending Wall." Even he concedes that such a fence or wall would...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2016 2:49 pm UTC

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