Robert Frost 's Mending Wall Essay

961 Words Aug 4th, 2014 4 Pages
While reading Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall”, I find myself curious to understand the greater meaning behind the poem. What does this wall represent? Why does the narrator act as he does? Thorough analysis of rhetoric, form, purpose, diction, and syntax reveals possible implied themes such as requiring boundaries for prosperous relationships and linking futile and persistent acts of barrier-building to the segregation that was contemporaneous to Frost’s composition of this poem. Furthermore, my analysis draws an intriguing interpretation of the narrator’s motives, the analogy of the ominous, yet supporting, wall and its surrounding theme, and the paradox of the elementary, yet unorthodox, wall-like form. In order to optimally convey my interpretation of the narrator’s purpose and the deeper meaning of the wall, I must begin by exploring the frame of the poem. A well-known and largely popular form and meter, iambic pentameter is used in blank verse, however Frost stresses 10 lines with eleven-syllable lines, while the remaining 35 lines have ten-syllables. Also, the poem isn’t broken into stanzas, giving the poem a wall-ish—or picket fence—look if turned on its side. The apexes, or gaps, of the wall/fence are formed by the stagnation of the last word in each line. “There where it is we do not need the wall,” is the dead center of the poem; it is also the turning point where the narrator climactically delineates his true motive of not wanting the wall (line 23). For…

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