Mending Wall

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Stone wall at Frost's farm in Derry, New Hampshire, which he describes in "Mending Wall"

"Mending Wall" is a poem by the twentieth century American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963). It opens Frost's second collection of poetry, North of Boston,[1] published in 1914 by David Nutt, and it has become "one of the most anthologized and analyzed poems in modern literature".[2]

Like many of the poems in North of Boston, "Mending Wall" narrates a story drawn from rural New England.[3] The narrator, a New England farmer, contacts his neighbor in the Spring to rebuild the stone wall between their two farms. As the men work, the narrator questions the purpose of a wall "where it is we do not need the wall" (23). He notes twice in the poem that "something there is that doesn’t love a wall" (1, 35), but his neighbor replies twice with the proverb, "Good fences make good neighbors" (27, 45).


  1. ^ Monteiro, George (1988). Robert Frost & the New England renaissance. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky. p. 123. ISBN 0-8131-1649-X. 
  2. ^ Freeman, Margaret H. "The Fall of the Wall between Literary Studies and Linguistics: Cognitive Poetics". Social Science Research Network. Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Robert Frost's "Mending Wall": A Marriage of Poetic Form and Content". EDSITEMENT!. National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 

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