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Compare and contrast the points of view of the two neighbors in “Mending Wall.” What are the two perspectives...

Robert Frost's poem is written in first person, so the entire text presents the views of the speaker, who is one of the neighbors. What the reader learns about the other neighbor, therefore, is...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2019 4:43 pm UTC

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What are the questions in the speaker's mind?

Basically, the entire poem is a stream of the speaker's thoughts. He starts the poem with the rhetorical question, "Something there is that doesn't love a wall," the ambiguous "something"...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2016 1:45 am UTC

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"The poem "Mending Wall", by Robert Frost deals with human barriers." Do you agree?

Definitely. I think you need to be aware of the way that Frost presents the ambiguity over the wall. The speaker is very open about his distaste for walls, saying that he doesn't love them and he...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2011 4:56 am UTC

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What's the message of the poem?

Setting aside the ambiguity of the term “message,” the poem seems to discuss the contrasts between tradition and new thinking, between habit and modern adjustments to tradition. Frost, who was more...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2016 6:27 pm UTC

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What do "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost, "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles, "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd...

The thing "Mending Wall," "Elinor Rigby," and "Another Brick in the Wall" have in common is the themes of separation, loneliness, isolation, and dehumanization; this last is implied in the first...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2011 11:53 pm UTC

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What does Frost seem to be saying about humankind in his poem "Mending Wall"?

Out of all of Frost's richly symbolic poems, this appears to be one of the most controversial in terms of its ambiguity--that is, it is open to opposing interpretations. The poem presents two...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2010 8:37 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? Start...

Literally, the wall functions as a dividing line between the adjoining properties owned by the two men who together mend it every year. It is meant to keep one farmer's livestock from wandering...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020 4:52 am UTC

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how do walls exist between people in the mending wall poem?

There are two basic types of walls between the two main characters in Mending Wall. One is physical, the other is mental. The physical wall is the rock wall along the border line between the...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012 2:22 am UTC

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Why is the title of "Mending Wall" significant?

The title of "Mending Wall" is significant because it has two meanings, one literal and the other figurative. This adds a deliberate sense of ambiguity to the title. The poem's speaker and his...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020 8:39 pm UTC

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What is the main subject of the poem "Mending Wall"?

There are two basic ways to interpret the primary subject of “Mending Wall.” One is more literal, and the other is more conceptual or abstract. The first line of possible interpretation stays very...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019 8:33 pm UTC

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What evidence in the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost supports the notion that nature doesn't love the wall? 

The poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost begins with the statement that there is something that doesn't love a wall, and then continues by providing evidence. The first type of damage to the wall is...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2015 5:45 am UTC

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Whats the connection between "Another Brick in the Wall", "Mending Wall", and "Eleanor Rigby"?

All three of the works you mention address the themes of isolation and loneliness, the effect of the barriers we erect to keep us separated from each other. A related theme is conformity, and how...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2009 1:30 am UTC

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Why was the wall put in place?

We are not told why the wall was put between these neighbors' properties, but we can make some inferences from this poem and speculate a bit. We know that the narrator did not put up the wall,...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2015 12:12 am UTC

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In the poem "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost, when historically is the speaker speaking? Is he or she reminiscing?...

I would say that in this poem, the speaker is doing all three of these things, for the action described in the poem – the speaker and his neighbor rebuilding the wall that separates their...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 4:54 pm UTC

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What are the characters doing in Robert Frost's "Mending Wall"?

A couple of neighbors out in the country are going through the annual ritual of mending the wall that divides their land. Every spring, the two men walk the full length of the wall together and...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2020 10:46 am UTC

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Why would the man who doesn't want the wall ask the neighbor to rebuild it? Might he want something more than just a...

The speaker asks his neighbor to help him mend the wall. It's something they do together every year. It seems that the speaker doesn't see any point in mending the wall, but his neighbor remains...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2010 4:25 am UTC

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How does the writer influence the audience through the use of language and conventions? We will be required to write...

As a thesis statement for discussing how language influences the audience (reader) of a poem, you are sort of stuck in a redundancy--the poem is all language. How about something like "What social...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2012 5:00 pm UTC

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Examine Frost's treatment of the wall as a subject and as an image. What questions or issues does it allow him to...

The subject of mending a wall after it has been weakened by winter storms allows Frost to consider the images of two kinds of barriers—physical and emotional. Each character has a line summing up...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2008 11:53 am UTC

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Where was the wall?

In Robert Frost's poem, the wall lies between an apple orchard owned by one man and a pine grove owned by another. Every spring the two men cooperate to mend the wall, which has been damaged in a...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2018 1:04 am UTC

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What makes "Mending Wall" a poem?        

Robert Frost's poem, "Mending Wall," is one of the representative of modern poetry, but not in the high-art sense of poets like T.S. Eliot. This is considered a poem because it tells a story with...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2016 9:32 pm UTC

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How is Robert Frost successful in conveying the need for barriers in society in his poem "Mending Wall"?

The underlying idea of "good fences make good neighbors" is critical in understanding why barriers are essential in our society. In a pluralistic, democratic society, a sphere of negative freedom...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2009 10:18 pm UTC

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Could you please explain the effect of the irony in Robert Frost's poem, "Mending Wall"? Thank-you

The irony in "Mending Wall" comes from the two possible reasons for which the mending is undertaken. Depending on which reason for the mending you apply to the poem, you arrive at two completely...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2013 1:27 am UTC

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CAn you give the meaning of the poem by idea clusters , i mean 1-5 , 6-10 ,11-15 and so on ..

Lines 1-5 of the Frost poem is talking about the nature of the wall as natural forces work on it. The affect of the winter forces changes in the ground that alter the nature of the wall. Lines 6-10...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2012 12:50 pm UTC

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How will the wall be mended?

To mend the stone wall that divides their property, the poem's speaker and his neighbor meet at the wall. They then walk side-by-side along the wall, each on his own property. Stones have fallen...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020 12:30 am UTC

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how are the speakers paralled in robert frosts poem "mending wall" and pink floyds lyrics from another brick in the...

To me, the parallel between the two is summed up in the phrase "something there is that doesn't love a wall." In the poem, Frost's speaker is saying that he does not like the idea of building...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2010 3:18 pm UTC

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Is the speakers's attitude toward the wall not necessarily Frost's?

It is always assumed that the first-person narrator in any poem is the author, until the poet gives evidence otherwise. For example, Shakespeare’s sonnet are virtually always interpreted as being...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2012 7:36 am UTC

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I need some help understanding the speaker in Robert Frost's,"The Mending Wall". Could someone help me out, please?

One approach to the interpretation of this long narrative poem by one of America's greatest poets is to read it as a metaphoric wall between political philosophies. With the speaker of the poem as...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2013 7:22 pm UTC

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