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Mending Wall

What does the speaker meet the neighbor to do?

The speaker meets with his neighbor every spring to repair the stone wall on the border between their two properties. Every winter, the wall is damaged and has holes and gaps that need to be...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2019 12:54 am UTC

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What is the subject matter and significance of "Mending Wall"?

"Mending Wall" is about the borders, literal and metaphorical, that separate nations and individuals. The speaker in the poem questions the idea that "good fences make good neighbors." The...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019 6:27 pm UTC

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Which of Robert Frost's poems would be a good choice for a compare/contrast paper with "Mending Wall"?

Another possible compare/contrast might be "Death of the Hired Man." This is also a narrative poem, also set in rural New England, a story about taking in a dying man who was not a satisfactory...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2012 2:07 pm UTC

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

The political implications of Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall” can be variously interpreted. For example, the very first line of the poem – “Something there is that doesn't love a wall” – might...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2011 1:49 am UTC

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In "Mending Wall," which metaphorical walls could the reader infer as sometimes impeding communication between people?

The wall in the poem can certainly be seen as a metaphor for barriers that exist between people, preventing communication and understanding. One "wall" suggested in the poem is generational. The...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2009 7:07 pm UTC

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"Mending Wall" suggests that walls exist between people, as well as properties. How can such "walls" be torn down?

The way in which a wall can be torn down between two individuals is for each to have the ability to see and accept the differences with one another. Because neither speaker nor neighbor achieves...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2009 9:53 pm UTC

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Why does the poet say that there is something that does not love a wall in "Mending Wall"?

In using this particular phrasing, the poet is presenting a speaker who objectifies their own interpretation of a situation. The line is memorable in part because of the combination of...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019 2:06 pm UTC

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How does "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost use ambiguity to strengthen the overall message? 

In the poem, the speaker's yearly activity of rebuilding the wall along with his neighbor is pretty much the only thing that brings them together. So the wall that runs between their properties...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2016 1:18 am UTC

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In lines 12-15 of "Mending Wall", what is the formal effect and the significance of the repetition of the wall?

Frost writes this poem to question the validity or usefulness of walls. He questions whether they do more harm than good; after all, if you erect a wall between you and your neighbor, isn't that a...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2009 10:56 am UTC

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In Frost's poem, "Mending Wall," does the wall between the neighbors' farms serve a practical purpose?

Robert Frost's poem, "Mending Wall," focuses on the relationship between two neighbors. Every year, the two neighbors meet to repair a wall that exists between their two farms. The speaker of the...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016 8:54 pm UTC

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According to the narrator in "Mending Wall," there are two ways in which a wall is broken. What are they?  

The narrator in Frost's "Mending Wall" describes in the very beginning of the poem two ways a stone wall can be broken. First, he refers to "something"(line 1), by which he is referring to weather...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016 2:59 pm UTC

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Does the wall between the neighbors' farms serve a practical purpose? What evidence in the poem supports your view.

In Robert Frost's poem "The Mending Wall" the speaker describes a stone wall that exists between his property and his neighbor's. We learn that the two of them annually walk along its length in the...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 1:31 am UTC

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How can I write an essay on "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

There are so many directions your essay could take if you were to write on “Mending Wall.” If your teacher has given you a specific prompt to answer, I would be sure to write in an essay in...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2019 11:56 pm UTC

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Can you give me criticism about this poem "Mending Wall" which was written by Frost?

Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" is about two different outlooks on life and relationships. The neighbors, one of whom is the speaker, meet each spring to mend the stone wall between their properties....

Latest answer posted August 1, 2009 8:05 am UTC

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According to Robert Frost's "Mending Wall," are walls and fences instrumental in the redemption and renewal of human...

In "Mending Wall," by Robert Frost, two men walk on either side of a stone wall each spring in order to repair the damage (in the form of gaps and fallen stones caused by animals, hunters, and...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2013 3:55 am UTC

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In Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall,” what is the position of the narrator regarding the wall at the edge of his...

The narrator thinks it is a completely unnecessary tradition to get together with his neighbor every spring and mend the stone wall that divides their two properties. As the narrator notes, neither...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2019 10:39 pm UTC

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In "Mending Wall," who has an apple orchard on his property? a) Robert Frost b) The narrator c) The neighbor...

In "The Mending Wall" by Robert Frost, the narrator has an apple orchard on his property, and the neighbor has a pine forest. The narrator jokes to the neighbor that the apples aren't likely to eat...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019 3:43 pm UTC

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What does Frost seem to be saying about humankind in the poem 'Mending Wall'?

Frost's poems in general have been over-analyzed, as though his main motive was to steep great human insights into allegorical stories. There is considerable evidence, however, that he was much...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2014 5:12 pm UTC

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Although the speaker meets with his neighbor each spring to mend the wall, he thinks that the wall is unnecessary. Why?

The speaker thinks that the wall is unnecessary because the border between the two properties is already obvious, and because there are no animals to be fenced in by the wall. In other words, the...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016 4:28 pm UTC

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How is the fact that Robert Frost is often called a New England poet, reflected in the poem?

The work being done, as described by the poem "Mending Wall," would be work with which Frost would be very familiar. The ground in New England is very rocky. In order to have some areas of...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2012 10:50 pm UTC

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How does the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost, relate to the concept of Belonging? Please give examples from the...

From the beginning of the poem we know that the wall between the speaker and the neighbor has somewhat fallen down and needs to be rebuilt. This wall has two meanings: one is the physical wall,...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2009 9:32 pm UTC

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What suggests that the speaker's attitude toward the wall is not necessarily Frost's in "Mending Wall?"

Reading this poem over several times, I looked for something that seems to contradict the general mood of the poem. The poem is about mending a wall between two properties, something the speaker...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2010 1:09 pm UTC

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In the poem "Mending wall", How does the poet (Robert Frost) view his neighbor? Is his neighbor practical, illogical,...

In Robert Frost's poem, Mending Wall, the speaker and his neighbor repair/rebuild the stone wall between their property in the spring of each year. The speaker of the poem ponders why they do this...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016 11:24 pm UTC

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Frost repeats 2 lines in this poem:"Good fences make good neighbors". Why are these lines repeated?

Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" contains a philosophical argument between the narrator and his neighbor. The narrator is not wholly at ease with the stone wall that separates his property from his...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2012 11:30 pm UTC

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For the speaker of the poem, what does the wall symbolize?   a.harmony and order b.safety and security...

The answer would be c)unnatural separations. In the poem, the speaker or narrator is perplexed at his neighbor's insistence on a wall. According to his neighbor, however, "good fences make good...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2016 3:30 pm UTC

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In "Mending Wall," how do hunters damage the wall?

The narrator talks about all the various ways the wall between his property and his neighbor's sustains damage: the season itself with its freezes and thaws, and the hunters who come through their...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2019 10:07 am UTC

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What kind of text is Robert Frost's "Mending Wall"? How do you know ?

One of the most difficult things to do with poetry is to analyze its meter. In fact, meter is rarely even taught in high school anymore, and not many college classes concern themselves with it...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2016 2:12 pm UTC

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Please explain lines 11 to 15 of "The Mending Wall".

Aren't you referring to "Mending Wall,"the poem by Robert Frost? Frost expresses in these lines the "necessity" for barriers in spite of good will and even friendship. The fact that the two...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2009 8:35 pm UTC

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We are aware that love and tolerance are two qualities essential for harmonious living. Do you think bonds and...

In addition to love and tolerance, mutual respect is required for harmonious living. Love can sometimes manifest in a draining way. For instance, you can love someone so much that you want to be...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2019 6:36 am UTC

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There are many types of walls existing in society, between people, parents and children. Express your views on any...

Any wall has two sides, and there is a kind of wall between parents and children that each helps create and reinforce, particularly in adolescence. This wall is a barrier that serves to not allow...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2015 5:18 pm UTC

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How does the author demonstrate metaphor in the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

A metaphor is the wall, which not only physically but emotionally and socially separates the neighbors. Metaphor is the use of direct comparison, where the author compares two unlike things by...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2013 6:27 pm UTC

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How do you interpret the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell?  

Trifles by Susan Glaspell portray the differences in the perceptions of men and women. The men in the play believe that women are concerned only with the unimportant things in life [Trifles]. The...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2013 2:18 am UTC

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In "Mending Wall", Frost has counter-opposed the spirit of individualism with traditionalism. Elucidate.

In "Mending Wall," the speaker is an individualist who does not necessarily agree with having a wall between the two neighbors. Indeed, the speaker questions the necessity of having a wall: Before...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2012 7:42 am UTC

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How are the men Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" good neighbors?

It is possible to argue that the two men depicted in Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Walls” are genuinely good neighbors. Here is some evidence in support of that argument. The speaker of the poem...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2011 12:43 pm UTC

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How does the process of rebuilding the wall reveal the relationship between the two neighbors in "Mending Wall"?

"Mending Wall" is a wonderful poem by Robert Frost, and I think it accurately highlights a fairly stereotypical relationship that exists between most neighbors that are separated by a wall or...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2020 6:10 pm UTC

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When has the narrator made repairs alone?

When hunters come through and take the stones down to find a hiding rabbit for their excited ("yelping") dogs, the narrator will come out by himself and fix the wall. Otherwise, he waits for the...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2018 11:50 am UTC

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What is the significance of the way the poem is written? Why are there not separate stanzas? Does that relate to...

Many of Frost's poems are not written in stanzas, especially those such as "Out, Out--" and "Mending Wall" in which Frost is replicating a conversational tone. I'm not sure that the form of the...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2010 10:59 am UTC

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What are some of meanings of the Wall in "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

Well done for identifying the deliberate ambiguity of the central image of the wall. Of course, this ambiguity is created in part thanks to the other word of the title, "mending," which is used as...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2011 4:15 pm UTC

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Can someone help me find all the literary devices in Mending wall by Robert Frost, along with the meaning of the poem.

Frost's "Mending Wall" is about two neighbors who have a wall separating their properties. Every spring, they walk together along the wall and replace the bits of stone that have fallen from it,...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2018 3:15 pm UTC

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What is the interpretation of "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

This poem presents two view of a wall between two orchards. I lived in New England, and these walls are somtimes low walls that were originally intended to keep cows in their pasture (doesn't take...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2011 9:44 am UTC

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What is the summary of "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

Each year, a couple of neighbors meet up to repair the stone wall that divides their respective properties. The annual ritual is a source of irritation to the speaker, who thinks it's just a...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2018 8:00 am UTC

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Is it possible that the speaker in Robert Frost's poem  "Mending Wall" is a woman and that the poem is about...

The speaker of Robert Frost’s famous poem “Mending Wall” is usually imagined to be a male, although nothing explicitly stated in the poem makes it absolutely obvious that this is the case. By the...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2011 3:57 am UTC

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What is the neighbor's motto in "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost?

In Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall," the neighbor twice says, "Good fences make good neighbors." In the poem, the speaker and the neighbor meet to repair the wall between their properties. The...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2020 2:40 pm UTC

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What are the effects of being a follower, as suggested by Robert Frost's "Mending Wall"?

The speaker of Robert Frost's “Mending Wall” recounts his annual experience with his neighbor as they meet to repair the wall that separates their respective properties. The speaker expresses some...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020 5:55 pm UTC

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What are some of the central literal and figurative meanings and functions of the wall described in the poem? What...

The literal function of the wall referenced in the title of "The Mending Wall" by Robert Frost is to mark the line dividing the property between the narrator and his neighbor, and so it's literal...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2019 4:13 pm UTC

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Frost typically ends his sentences at the end of a poetic line, but four times he punctuates the end of a sentence in...

In the poem “Mending Wall,” Frost uses iambic pentameter with no rhyme scheme and a single continuous verse without separate stanzas as his form. With this pattern, he mirrors both the...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2016 12:45 am UTC

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Who mends the wall in the poem "Mending Wall," by Robert Frost?

The stone wall in question divides two farm properties. In the winter, the wall suffers damage due to weather and hunters. Stones roll away or fall, and gaps appear in the wall. So, the two...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2018 3:46 pm UTC

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Which three lines of the poem show that there is distance between the two farmers?

We know that the two farmers in the poem are walking along either side of the wall which divides their two properties, putting it to rights. The narrator is unsure of what exactly they are walling...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2018 9:36 am UTC

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Please give me an explanation and critical analysis for Frost's "Mending Wall" poem lines 27 to 34. Thank you theme...

These lines are fairly straightforward. The narrator is puzzled by his neighbors claim that "good fences make good neighbors." He understands how this works if the had livestock. If they had cows...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2011 10:36 pm UTC

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How does the poetic element of sound develop the theme of "Mending Wall"? I have to focus on the aspect of sound and...

To discuss sound here, let us separate three kinds – the ambient sound, of the atmosphere, the physical place (wind, animal sounds, clanging of stones, footsteps, etc.) -- the sound of dialogue –...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2014 6:45 pm UTC

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