Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Mending Wall"

In the "Mending Wall" essay, I interpreted the speaker's neighbor as a symbol of human complacency. The neighbor does not provide any reasons for his insistence upon the need for a wall. Instead, he just continues to respond that fences make good neighbors. The speaker provides practical, rational reasons as to why a fence in unnecessary, but his neighbor fails to change his mind. He remains set in his old ways and those of his father, representing the unyielding opposition to change.

1 comment:

Julia Dean said...

Your analysis is very interesting, Samantha. In my essay I discussed how nature itself discourages isolation by breaking down the wall each spring. I also think that the speaker's description of "frozen ground" contrasted with "Spring," which the speaker asserts "is the mischief in me" indicates nature's desire for humans to collaborate rather than separate themselves.
Frost wrote many poems concerning nature, including "Birches," "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," and "The Mountain." His fascination with nature reveals itself in this poem as well.