"Mending Wall" is a poem written in blank verse, published in 1914, by Robert Frost (1874–1963). The poem appeared as the first selection in Frost's second collection of poetry, North of Boston. (From Wikipedia)
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Mending Wall, Robert Frost
Notice the unusual syntax of this line; as you read, take note of the syntax of the poem and the moments when the language surprises you...
The first four lines of the poem express the sentiment that
In your own words, please explain what is going on in the highlighted text?
Frost is using the wall as an extended metaphor, so when he mentions it, it often has a double meaning. In the highlighted line, the wall the neighbors keep between them is literal and figurative. This line gestures toward something emotional... in fact, the whole poem does. Keep this in mind as you continue reading.
"Loaves" and "balls" refer to
What does "Good fences make good neighbors" mean?
Consider this line for a moment, keeping in mind it's repeated here, and when a poet repeats a line, that signifies its importance. What do you think Frost means when he says "Something there is that doesn't love a wall"? What doesn't love a wall? Use evidence from the poem to support your response.
The highlighted line contains
What is the difference between the speaker of the poem and his neighbor? Use evidence from the text to support your response.
Please explain the double meaning of the title of the poem, "The Mending Wall."
Learn more about Robert Frost from this mini-biography. (This annotation contains a video)