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Mending WallEby Robert Frost is a poem in which the characteristics of vocabulary rhythm and other aspects of poetic technique combine in a fashion that articulates in detail the experience and the opposing convictions that the poem describes and discusses The ordinariness of the rural activity is presented in specific description and as so often is found in Frosts poems the unprepossessing undertaking has much larger implications Yet his consideration of these does not disturb the qualities of accessible language and technique which give the poem its unique flavor and persuasiveness The poem works on two levels of realism and metaphor with a balance as poised as the act of mending the all itself themes Perhaps one of the reasons that Frost remains one the best known and best loved American poets is that his themes are universal and attractive They offer the reader affirmative resolutions for the conflicts dramatized in his life and his poetry Readers whether young or old waging their own struggles against the constant threat of chaos in their life find comfort and encouragement in many of Frosts lines which are so cherished that they have become familiar quotations Good fences make good neighborsE Miles to go before I sleepE theme Mending WallEis about boundaries Frost in a personal evaluation of this poem stated Nationality is something I couldnt live without I played exactly fair in it Twice I say Good fencesE twice I say Something there is While giving a reading of his poetry in Santa Fe Frost called the Mending WallEtoo New EnglandishEand that mending wall is an occupation he used to follow The neighbor in the poem is not a Yankee as represented but is actually A French-Canadian who was very particular every spring about setting up the wall themesubject
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