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Transcript of Mending Wall
by: Robert Frost About the poem ... The Literal
message: Literary Devices...
Throughout the poem there was a lot of Metaphor,
Allusion, Imagery, and Anaphora. He also used Simile, and some repetition.
Examples: "He is all pine and I am apple orchard."
Line (24). "Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder". line (28) "That send the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun." Lines (2 and 3). Background Knowledge
Robert Frost lived in New England where he spent most of his time in isolation. He was mostly alone through his childhood. He went to school in Kindergarten, but dropped out and did not return until 5th grade. The figurative meaning would be the wall symbolizing a division between two neighbors.
Textual Evidence: "Before I built a wall, I'd ask to know what I was walling out, and to whom I was like to give offense." (Lines 32-34) Influence By: Taylor, Brett, Suntaeyuna and Julie Our understanding of the poem, was that
it is about two neighbors that are separated by the wall; one neighbor wants the wall up, and the other wants it down. Throughout the poem, the speaker's tone is unassuming and persuasive. The literal meaning is
two neighbors rebuilding a wall;
although one of the neighbors
finds the wall unnecessary. The influence the author has on the poem
would be the feeling of isolation, and wanting to
cure it. Poet's Intent:
Robert Frost's intent was to express how he felt about being alone through most of his childhood. Another intent was his idea that walls should not be built between people because it causes isolation and will not lead to a mutual friendship. Sound Devices The first example
of a sound device would be the title; Mending Wall - Because you should be able to hear and experience shouting into an empty barn and seeing startled birds fly up, or of hearing the barn's wooden walls creak and shift a little. Structure -There aren't any stanza breaks
-It stays consistent
- Free/Blank Verse (No rhymes)
- Most lines include 10 syllables
- There are two lines repeated in the poem; "Something there is
that doesn't love a wall," and "Good fences make good neighbors."