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The poems Mending Wall and Home Burial are about division both on a physical level and on a mental level Mending 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 meaning The poem begins with a disjointed sentence which immediately attracts the readers eye Something there is that doesnt love a wall The 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 find And make gaps even two can pass abreast Even though the poem is about division and separation we have a theme of unity in this line creeping through The 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 nature That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it And spills the upper boulders in the sun The use of the alliteration of the ss is very calming and the sounds create a flowing movement And on a day we meet to walk the line And set the wall between us once again The 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 balance The use of the word spell hints at magically overtones by
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