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This Is A Short Essay Showing The Contrast In Frost's "Mending Wall" And Heaney's "Scaffoling"

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Metaphor in "Scaffolding"and "Mending WallSeamus Heaney's "Scaffolding" and Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" use walls as a metaphor of relationships however have different overall themes. Heaney uses "scaffolding" to exemplify the foundation relationships are built on whereas Frost uses a wall as an object of division between forward thinking, open-minded individuals and ignorant habitual sheep.Seamus Heaney uses his poem "Scaffolding" to show the development and evolution of relationships. "Masons, when they start upon a building, / Are careful to test out the scaffolding." Heaney suggests that a ...view middle of the document...

Scaffolding is the fundamental structure and framework that supports a wall as it is being constructed; like walls, relationships need to be built over time and have a strong foundation so that they can withstand the tribulations and problems that test relationships.Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" portrays the relationship between the speaker and his neighbor and the division of habit versus the challenging of tradition. The two neighbors routinely meet each spring to mend the wall that separates their orchards. As they are repairing the wall the speaker questions the significance of the wall. "There where it is we do not need the wall: / He is all pine and I am apple orchard. / My apple trees will never get across/ And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him." The ignorant neighbor replies with his inherited aphorism "Good fences make good neighbors." "Spring is the mischief in me," The speaker, unsatisfied with the ignorant response, wonders if he could put the notion in his neighbor's head to challenge tradition. He questions his neighbor, "'Why do they make good neighbors?'" but "He moves in darkness as it seems to me~ / Not of woods only and the shade of trees." the neighbor is too ignorant and barred by tradition to even question his fathers saying therefore he will continue to mend the wall every spring simply because he lacks the presence of mind to challenge its purpose.

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