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The poems Mending Wall and Home Burial are about division both on a physical level and on a mental levelMending Wall on first reading is a very simplistic poem about the annual repairing of a wall but after closer reading we can see it has a darker meaningThe poem begins with a disjointed sentence which immediately attracts the readers eyeSomething there is that doesnt love a wallThe use of the word Something arouses the readers curious nature to read on to find out what this Something is The tone of this is casual and unimposing The author proceeds in a conversational tone speaking of the reasons to explain the breaking down of the wall The reasons given are all quite practical but yet through these reasons we get a glimpse of the message which the author desperately wants us to findAnd make gaps even two can pass abreastEven though the poem is about division and separation we have a theme of unity in this line creeping throughThe speaker expresses an awe of nature and a deep-rooted respect this is displayed in the way he talks about the breaking of the wall by natureThat sends the frozen-ground-swell under itAnd spills the upper boulders in the sunThe use of the alliteration of the ss is very calming and the sounds create a flowing movementAnd on a day we meet to walk the lineAnd set the wall between us once againThe author uses the words meet and between us in close proximity to each other to give the impression that although the two men work together for the same reason they are actually working alone The wall is a barrier that both separates them and yet unifies them in the fixing of it We have to use a spell to make them balanceThe use of the word spell hints at magically overtones by the author lets the reader know that all things are possibleThe words game and one
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