Robert Frost’s ‘Mending Wall’ prompts readers to think of the walls that separate human beings. Sometimes we may want to break the barriers of nationality, caste and creed. We may also want to let others in – into our houses, into our minds. Sometimes we may want to build up walls. That is when we realise how opening up ourselves may become dangerous.
‘Mending Wall’ prompts us to think of tolerance and fraternity and the need for accepting other people’s views.
Notes on ‘Mending Wall’ by Robert Frost
- Read the poem ‘Poison Tree’ by William Blake and prepare a review comparing it with ‘Mending Wall’ by Robert Frost.
- Read the following excerpt and answer the questions that follow.
I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
- Who speaks these lines?
- Who is referred to as ‘old stone savage’?
- Comment on the last line of this stanza.
- Imagine you are the poet’s neighbour in ‘Mending Wall’. You want to justify your view point that “Good fences make good neighbours”. Present your reasons in the form of two arguments.
- Read the poem A FENCE by Carl Sandburg and compare it with ‘Mending Wall’ by Robert Frost.