Robert Frost's "Mending Wall"
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This paper explains that, although Robert Frost wrote "Mending Wall" in 1915, nearly a century ago, his thoughts about walls are truer today than ever because, increasingly, people want their space. The writer then examines reasons, based on this poem, why walls do or do not make good neighbors. The writer also relates that it is possible to find images of change in Frost's poem that relate to the transition of the village, which cradles unity, and the plebeian democracy, which meant so much to him.
From the Paper:"Ward looks at this poem from a different perspective. Perhaps Frost is saying something else than what is thought. He explains that many readers still see this poem as an argument against walls, literal or metaphorical. To such people, walls are "the divisive creations of selfish or shortsighted men who erect barriers to keep other people away." If people could do away with walls, these critics say, it would bring about a deeper sense of community among neighbors, society and nations. However, notes Ward, other readers find something different in "Mending Wall"."
Sample of Sources Used:
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- Faggen, Robert (Editor). Cambridge Companion to Robert Frost. United Kingdom: University Press.
- McMahan, Elizabeth, Day, Susan X., and Funks, Robert. Literature and the Writing Process. Saddle Ridge, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2005
- Stokoe E.H. and Wallwork, J. Space invaders: The moral-spatial order in neighbor dispute discourse. British Journal of Social Psychology (2003), 42.4, 551-569
- Tharpe, Jae. Frost: Centennial Essays III. Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi
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