Robert Frost: Poems

The Mending Wall Explain what effect the repetition of the phrases “something there is that doesn’t love a wall” and “good fences make good neighbours” has on the meaning of the poem. Support your answer using details from the poem.

In The Mending Wall by Robert Frost, the phrases "something there is that doesn't love a wall," and "good fences make good neighbors" has a repetition because....

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Frost uses repetition to emphasize the main ideas of the poem. "Something there is that doesn’t love a wall" is repeated numerous times, intitially in reference to nature...... and later in respect to the narrator's deisire to have it removed. Thus, we have two repetitions with different meanings.

The second example of repetition is, ‘good fences make good neighbours’. This infers that people in society generally embrace the notion that although people can be good friends, barriers always exisit to separate the personal from the public. "Walling in" refers to the barriers we put up in order to protect our privacy.


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