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Mending Wall

Rating: 4.0
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
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Michael Walker 29 July 2019
I take the side of Frost's neighbor, 'Good fences make good neighbors'. You need something to wall off a close neighbor.
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Joe Turner 06 January 2020
" ... Before I built a wall I'd ask to know What I was walling in or walling out,
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Joe Turner 06 January 2020
" Before I built a wall I'd ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, "
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Don Smith 24 October 2018
Upon first read, Mending Wall conjures up visions of traditional New England seasons with their image known only to its natives.
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memey boi 21 04 July 2018
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Susan Williams 10 December 2015
Something there is that loves a Frost poem. I wonder if there is a man or woman who walks this earth and does not appreciate his works. If there are they must have built some impenetrable walls around themselves and thus miss the love freedom can bring to a life.
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Paul Burke 12 December 2017
Two years since the last comment? ...I so love Frost's works and I pick them up each year in December to read in winter....Emerson follows as I wait for Spring... It is my little stop without a farmhouse near... My thinking is RF was not a bog fan of walls between neighbors.
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Robert Reynolds 10 December 2015
The line Good Fences make good neighbors says it all. You stay on your side and I'll stay on mine, a good wall assures them of that with no pass throughs or reason s to see each other
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Preston Morimondo 10 April 2014
Grayson Cash, you're making a typical mistake that many make when reading Frost. The narrator is not the poet. Frosts narrators are seldom reliable. This one asserts that it's ridiculous to say things like good fences make good neighbors while he simultaneously cooperates with his neighbor on the only thing that unites them. The wall brings them together. The narrator is too cynical to figure this out.
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Joe Toboni 25 January 2014
Folks you all missed it. Neither neighbor is right. One is aloof, the other needy.
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Walter White 04 January 2014
I first read this in grade school in 1979, my favorite poem, as a small child and to this day I seen it is about the indifferences of people and how respect plays it's role. One neighbor doesn't see the need for the wall but the other needs it for his own securities. The wall represents mutual respect.
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Claire Thomas 13 April 2013
My favourite poem.Much analysed.Simply about nature, like He said? About tradition, predjudice, and fear.I work in mental health.Sometimes good fences make good neighbours! We also have locked fences around the rubbish skips...
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Timothy Baxter 29 March 2013
Too, don't miss that it is Frost himself who doesn't love a wall. He's punning on his own last name. It's the frozen ground during the winter (frost) that expands and swells as it melts in the spring, thereby displacing or spilling the upper boulders and causing the need to mend the wall every year. It's a clever poem, with a great message. Basically he doesn't love the barriers that exist between people or beings.
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