Mending Wall Analysis

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Jaylene Navarro
Mrs. Torres
English 10A, Period 2
12 December 2014

“Mending Wall”: A Literary Analysis on respectful distance

What would you expect from two neighbors who share two different opinions on repairing the wall, that separates them, but keep their opinions to themselves? In this poem “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost demonstrates how two neighbors have a peaceful relationship because of a wall that separates them. Through the use of metaphors and personifications, Frost conveys how a respectful distance between people is the key to a stable relationship.

There is no denying that Frost uses two metaphors to support how a considerate amount of space that is shared with people is the magic for a sane relationship. While the two neighbors are on their way to fix the wall a neighbor states, “Oh, just another kind of outdoor game,/ One on a side”(21-22). This quote gives an explanation on how one neighbor takes the task more nonchalant than the other neighbor. The speaker compares how restoring the wall is more of a one player game. Meaning he practically has no say on what Player One does. In another part of the poem, the neighbors are repairing their wall the same neighbor thinks, “He is all pine and I am apple-orchard”(23). In this quote the neighbor is comparing themselves to a “apple-orchard” tree which means he is open to new ideas and allows people to be close to them. But then the they explain how their neighbor is a pine tree meaning they pictured them covered in barbed and sharp objects. You don't have to be a genius to know that somebody with barbed wrapped around themselves do not want to be conversating and getting too close to people. These metaphors may remind you of how a decent amount of space people put in a relationship helps their bond become stronger.

While using two personification Frost conveys how having a suitable amount of room…...

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