In the Literature-In-English class, which was the first period this morning, I briefly explained “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost to my students and to better their recollection, I wrote the explanation you’ll read below on a marker board which was an excerpt from one of my poetry textbooks:
The wall becomes an image of limitations set by people between and around themselves so that others do not have the chance or avenue of knowing or approaching them. This was an actual happening in Frost’s area-rebuilding walls annually during spring time.[if you’re a fan of Philip Larkin, you can CHECK HERE]
To Frost, the questions should be, what or who destroys the fence to make the action of rebuilding necessary annually? What is the rationale behind building and rebuilding the fence?
These, his neighbour could not answer whereas he professes humourous and ironical answers: the “elves” and “something” do not like the walls. He opines that there is no reason for building walls as there are no cows around but only apple trees and pines. To his neighbour who believes that “good fences make good neighbours”
From the explanation, it can be seen that the messages or themes of the poem are “People sometimes do things without proper reasoning” “People sometimes create problems for themselves”
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Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
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