Thursday, September 13, 2012
In Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall”, the speaker presents an argument about the necessity of walls. The speaker in the poem is directly against walls but in the end he attempts to prove that the saying “Good fences make good neighbors” is entirely true. There is an underlying message in the poem that the wall itself represents the relationship of the two neighbors. The neighbors have a barrier between them but every year that barrier falls and they need to rebuild it. The rebuilding of the wall represents the rebuilding of their relationship. It is a bonding experience between the two neighbors. Although the wall serves no purpose for retaining or keeping things out it is a significant part of the neighbor’s lives. It serves divides there properties yet it brings their relationship and them together every year. The walls purpose it to make the neighbors closer and maintain their relationship with each other.