Robert Frost Speech Everyday life, nature, duty, communication.

All of these are prominent in Robert Frost s poems. Frost s use of nature and human interactions to communicate a deeper meaning is what make his poems beautiful, as they serve to parallel the lives of many. Today, I will be walking you through an analysis of Robert Frost s Mending Wall and will show you how Frost s poems reflect his writing style. Mending wall is written in blank verse, which means it ahs no rhyme, and in iambic pentameter. Even though the wall hinders the communication between the neighbors, it is necessary in order for their to be privacy and a reason to remain in contact. Without a sense of boundary, it is quite possible that the neighbors could invade each other s lives and their relationship would know no words as it does now. Mending Wall, as we all know, is a poem about two neighbors coming together to repair the wall between their properties. However, the narrator expresses that he sees no purpose for the wall, while the neighbor strictly follows tradition. Taking a look at the characters in the poem, we can see that the narrator is progressive, hypocritical, and deceitful. His true intentions are to ask his neighbor to bring the wall down, however, he is the one that takes the initiative to mend the wall on a particular day and never mentions directly that he wants the wall down. The narrator himself sets up his own communication barrier by not expressing his thoughts clearly and then thinks rudely about his neighbor. The neighbor, on the other hand, is more of a traditional and reserved man. He prefers not to take risks when certain practices have been proven to be effective as seen by his reluctance in breaking the wall down and repetition of Good fences make good neighbors. It is seen that the relationship between the narrator and the neighbor is quite bad because neither is willing to communicate openly about their thoughts. The only time they talk is when they meet in the spring to fix the gaps in the wall. The narrator believes that it is inevitable that the wall will fall because, even though he is logical man, he says, a spell needs to be used to balance them. It is showing how the wall will continue to make gaps. This shows how the natural world is against the barriers that the characters set up between themselves. Not only physical ones, but symbolically speaking, the barriers they set up to each other s thoughts will have to come down at one point in order for a healthy relationship to take root. Nature is acting as a force that is trying to unite the two neighbors. It is trying to make sure that neighbors are friends because as seen in the poem boulders and two can pass abreast, the words convey a sort of kinship and love. The words signify how the destruction nature is making is actually trying to build the relationship because nature wants the two characters to come together and break down their barriers. In contrast, the hunters description of breaking the wall conveys a more forceful destruction and one that shows hate. The stones that remain after their destruction is one that shows that the two neighbors are best left alone.

He wants the wall down. The neighbor s insistence on the fact that a fence is needed is understandable because as humans. the narrator still feels connected with his neighbor. which will then allow the neighbor and narrator to meddle into each other s business more and if the plants they grow do for some reason cross the imaginary boundary. the narrator begins to distinguish between his pine and my orchard. love is able to provide the same beauty and freedom. we need our space. towards the end. they manage to respect the boundary and keep out of each other s personal lives. When the wall comes down. the narrator favors thought as the state of mind mankind needs because it enables us to go beyond our limits. which talks about how love is bound to the earth and thought has more freedom. which is symbolic of the barrier that falls between the two parties for there to be friendship. this love and hate tone shift is paralleling the destruction that nature created versus the destruction the hunters have done. exactly half way in the poem. Frost places it exactly in the middle also to show two sides of the narrator. Interestingly enough. Bond and Free is another Frost poem. In relation to the Mending Wall. which shows that he is feeling animosity towards his neighbors and his ideals. At first. Even though the wall limits their communication. Thought s constant need to travel to all points of the universe in search of freedom becomes its own type of shackle. but by the reluctance to interact with each other. and the position of tone shift indicates how he is locking himself up behind his barrier to society. What needs to come down is the barrier that the two men set up from each other. Though thought is appealing. Communication isn t hindered by some physical wall. the narrator begins to use diction that indicates a sense of individual possession instead of a communal diction. a certain boundary is lost. the love the neighbor has for the traditions and fear of thought is similar. But in the second half of the poem. I think that where the shift occurs is deliberate because it acts like the wall the narrator puts up to his thoughts to the world and his actions. the narrator concludes. his true feelings are never expressed. and then one that is more open to new ideas. As shown through the words such as we and us in the beginning half of the poem. Love is able to achieve a more lasting liberation. I agree with the neighbor s view in this instance. When these barriers fall. Love by being thrall / And simply staying possesses all / In several beauty that Thought fares far / To find fused in another star. even from our own family. the narrator tells us the love is able to find happiness even when bound to earth. Even though the narrator seems to be happy about mending the wall. a stonewall cannot stop them from expressing their thoughts and feelings the way the narrator wants to tell his neighbor that he doesn t want a wall. The narrator finds solace and comfort in . Through its safety and comfort on earth. the one that is still in love with tradition.An interesting element in the poem is where the major tone shift occurs in the poem. I think the narrator is frustrated by the fact that the neighbor is still ignorant and unwilling to adopt new ideas to further their relationship. The same wall the narrator keeps from society separates the two personalities. then there are more quarrels to come. However. At line 23.

has his unique way of composition. and one that will give us great happiness. . as a writer. but the reluctance to let go of our securities. a stonewall can t stop us. tradition always finds its way back into our hearts and actions. As the ideas in his poems reflect. However. Through the analysis of Mending Wall. even though the thought of creating something new is appealing. The narrator also sticks to traditions because he is the one that initiates the mending and he finds that mending the wall is a ritual that must be held.knowing that the troubles won t arise. Frost continues to integrate nature s beauty and the human interaction to show how being bound to earth is something we are all used to. it can be seen that the love their two characters share to hold up the ritual gives them security and happiness than the unpredictable thought that travels beyond boundaries and will continue to struggle to find freedom. He is not one that favors free verse. but adheres to the conventions of writing. Hence. but at the same time. Frost himself. communication isn t hindered by a physical boundary. There is nothing wrong in sticking to traditions. it is clear that the physicals barriers we set up are important in order to deter quarrels that arise due to a lose of boundary. we must also adapt to new circumstances and when we begin to communicate freely.

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