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A Look at the Theme of Separation in the Poetry of Robert Frost The creation of borders and boundaries has been around since the beginning of civilization The division of property and possessions among individuals establishes a sense of self-worth The erection of fences and walls keeps property separate Walls also serve as a means of separating worlds Modern society demands the creation and maintenance of these boundaries In his poems The Tuft of Flowers and Mending Wall Robert Frost explores the role that walls play in our lives He examines how the lives of men are both separated and drawn together by walls In The Tuft of Flowers Frost shows how men work alone In contrast Frost then shows how men can work together through their separation Frost describes how a simple uncut tuft of wild flowers can unite two separate people The appreciation of natures beauty has an effect on the mower leading him away from cutting the flowers The man that follows the mower feels a special kinship to him because he also likes the flowers The beauty of a simple patch of flowers brings the narrator to realize that although he may work by himself he is part of something bigger the human race Frost also demonstrates how men never exist alone when surrounded by nature In The Tuft of Flowers the speaker thinks he works alone Then frost writes But as I said it swift there passed me by on noiseless wing a wildred butterfly 18 The Butterfly becomes the speakers morning companion and its flight leads the speaker to the flowers He serves to help lead the man to realize that life and beauty unite all things Frost writes The butterfly and I had lit upon Nevertheless a message from the dawn 19 By directing the man to the flowers the butterfly becomes an important character in this poem Mending Wall
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