“Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”
Robert Frost’s Mending Wall taps into the lives of two neighbors and the importance of the fence between their properties. The original purpose of a fence was to keep the dog from running away, and to keep the farm animals together. Frost shows us how the fence keeps the peace in a neighborhood and shows the boundary between the two. Frost taps into the mind of human beings and how an external barrier has an effect on the human psyche. A barrier makes people aware of where their place is.
In the first stanza, Frost writes “something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” Frost makes it a point to ask who doesn’t like a wall. Who doesn’t enjoy privacy? ...view middle of the document...
” The fence is a source of astriction.
One day, while I was playing catch with Aly, a girl I babysit. I realized that Aly’s neighbors made a border between the divisions of the two backyards. The border was made with metal bars stuck into the ground with an orange string through it. That day had been the first day I had seen the barrier; it wasn’t there before. I immediately assumed that her neighbors didn’t want us in their yard even if it was an accident or that they didn’t like when we had to go into their yard to get a ball or frisbee. I was offended. Every time the ball got even close to the barrier, my teeth cringed. Aly thought nothing of it but the fence gave me a sense of tension. Later that day when Aly’s mom Mindy came home, I asked her about the string of orange that was bugging me all day. Mindy laughed because she was surprised that reacted so strongly to the barrier. She also said that it was probably because the neighbors might have been planning to put a fence up. I didn’t understand the purpose of the fence similarly to the neighbor in the poem. I felt there was no reason to have a fence. It made me uncomfortable.
Then I thought to myself, could I have been intruding the neighbor’s property? Do good fences really make good neighbors? The fence for me sent a clear message; do not enter our backyard. The natural barrier of trees, rocks, and shrubs that had been there was not enough to separate the properties. In the poem, the two neighbors have a barrier of apple trees and pine trees and large stones. However, when the spring came, they had to mend the wall between the two homes.
A home, the place we go to rest and renew, is private. A home is something people treasure. A home is a person’s barrier from the world. People prepare themselves for the world inside a place called home. Therefore, the neighbor makes a lot of sense in saying that good fence makes for good neighbors. Frost is also suggesting that...