Robert Frost's Mending Wall

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There are many different ways to analyze Robert Frost?s poem ?Mending Wall? from his second collection of poems North Of Boston. There is the biographical side, a bit of irony and humor, imagery and personification.

Robert Frost was born March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California to William and Isabel a newspaper editor and a teacher respectively. It is obvious where the urge to write came from. He died in Boston; coincidentally the name of his second book of poetry is called North of Boston. In lines 2-4 Frost says ??the frozen-ground-swell under it,/And spills the upper boulders in the sun;/And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.? It sounds as if he is speaking from experience; living through New England winters where the ground freezes then thaws out and it is not in the same place it was before. This poem could have possibly been written because it happened to him.

There is irony in the poem, the fact that both men are working together toward the same goal to separate themselves. They are putting up a wall; working collectively to put a barrier between themselves, so that one cannot see the other. There is also a bit of humor saying that there are elves that bring down the wall when he knows that it is the terrible New England winters.

There is the imagery that paints a perfect picture of the scene in the readers mind. The play on words that he makes with his own name along with the colorful word choice forces the reader to see just what Frost is trying to say. ?Frozen-ground-swell? is frost, that is his signature in many of his poems; he is very clever in his choice of words.

He personifies the trees in line 24-26 ?He is...