H2>Q. Explain what the first line of this poem means to you. Do you agree with that idea or do you think that, Good fences make good neighbours? A. Something there is that doesnt love a wall. The very first line of the poem is symbolic and sends the readers mind in thought. At first glance the words something and wall bog the inquisitive mind. It makes the reader think as to what is this wall and what is this something that wants it down.
The wall can be taken in the physical sense as well as the poets figment of imagination. In my opinion, the wall is a restriction something that walls in and walls out things. Something which produces disturbances in the daily routine and that something that wants it down is the poets will to attain freedom freedom to explore the other side of the wall. But as we read on we find that there is something that does not want the wall down and this is the tradition which has been followed generations upon generations by the poets neighbour who without looking at it logically blindly follows it. The poet is of the opinion that in order to progress and move on in life a change or a series of changes is necessary. The poet tells his neighbour there where it is we do not need the wall and in reply the neighbour (without thinking) speaks out the familys tradition good fences make good neighbours.
Thus, we see that the wall is something that imposes restrictions. It restricts the free movement of the two characters in each others properties. The above discussion suggests that the narrator is practical and an open-minded person whereas the neighbour is the exact opposite impractical and narrow-minded with limited imagination. He (the neighbour) has the character of a person who is content in his dark world and does not feel comfortable with the idea of exposing himself to the world beyond his world. The wall performs dual functions throughout the year. It separates as well as connects people.
“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 ...
Throughout the year the wall separates the poet and his neighbour but when spring comes, the two meet and mend the wall. And as they do that, they share ideas and talk to each other. Thus, the wall connects as well as separates people. In my opinion the notion that good fences make good neighbours is impractical in the case of humans as they should have the freedom to mix with people, share ideas and learn new things. They must not hide themselves but rather stir themselves to explore their surroundings and develop their minds. They should interact and if necessary mend their lifestyle by learning new and better things from people..