A Critical Analysis Of Robert Frost's Mending Wall

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Introduction Regarding Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall”, the mending of the wall is taken place as both the verb (action) as well as in the form of an adjective (abstract). With regard to the verbal mending of the wall, the physical division between the speaker and his neighbour is taken into consideration, a factor which is concrete. Whereas in respect to the abstract meaning derived through the mending process of the wall, the idea is more challenging to grasp with that of communication etc. About the Poet Robert Lee Frost, born 1874 in San Francisco, California, at the age of eleven years, moved with his family to Massachusetts for the remainder of his upbringing (Robert Frost Biography: Educator, Poet (1874-1963) ). Frost graduated from Lawrence High School in 1892 where he too met his future wife, Elinor White. Frost initially attended Dartmouth University but then later dropped out. Several years on in 1897, Frost attended Harvard University, but soon dropped out due to health complications that he was experiencing. When frost and his wife, Elinor moved to a property in New Hampshire. New Hampshire…show more content…
The theme of ‘action’ illustrated throughout the poem regards the action of the breaking down of the wall as well as the frequent mending of the wall. The (concrete) action portrayed within the context of the poem, is the physical wall, separating the two neighbours and the neighbours properties, “There where it is we do not need the wall: He is all pine and I am apple orchard”, where the speaker further justifies the uselessness of the wall, defining that the reason behind the ‘decaying’ of the wall is due to the wall not fulfilling its traditional purpose (in accordance to the speaker within the poem), although the neighbour says otherwise, “good fences make good neighbours” (Frost

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