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Poetry Response

  • Date Submitted: 03/25/2010 01:43 PM
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Are Fences truly essential to being good neighbors or are they merely just suggestions of what society portrays as appropriate?   A fence is a sense of security to some, and it is a nuisance to others. Robert Frost brings out both sides of the argument in the poem “Mending Wall”; his argument for both ways is very suggestive and is essentially left to the reader to decide which would be better, Fence or No fence? A fence that is blown down every year and needs to be fixed or repaired is for some reasons not suppose to be put up in the first place. Is it for security, a repetition, or is just nonsense? Do fences actually make good neighbors, how could they? Fences are merely just objects put in place to be looked at and admired, in no way can a fence make a good neighbor!

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall / That wants it down” (Lines 35, 36 ), obviously the speaker is trying to get the point across that something doesn’t love the wall and wants it knocked down. If this is true, then what’s the point of replacing the wall year after year? Nature doesn’t want the wall in place for a reason, that’s why it is blowing the wall down all the time. “There where it is we do not need the wall” (Line 23) The speaker brings a great point out here in stating if higher forces want the wall knocked down, then who are we to argue with these forces and put it back up. Even if the wall were stronger, nature would find a way to bring the wall down, who are we to get in the way of this and try and stop nature! Fences aren’t meant to stop bad things from getting in; they are simply just a way of marking territory, and defining each other’s property lines.

“He is all pine and I am apple orchard. /My apple trees will never get across/And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him” (Lines 24-26) the speakers argument here that his apple trees will never cross the line and eat the cones of his pine trees, brings another good argument of why there...


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