Robert Frost - Three Knots on a Message Sabiha Sungur Robert Frost's poem"Mending Wall depicts the way humans deal with boundaries within

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Three Knots on a Message Sabiha Sungur Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall” depicts the way humans deal with boundaries within themselves, between oneself and others, and between themselves and society. Frost often encloses layer upon layer of messages in his poems. There have been numerous articles of interpretation including a psychoanalysis that claims Frost was reserving his homosexual temptations. Although claiming the homosexuality of Frost is highly debatable, I do agree that the narrator of the poem is reserving some feelings. The Flitcraft parable is about Sisyphus who is punished by God to roll a stone up a steep hill just to see it fall back down for the rest of his life. The parable is meant to reflect the way life is and how humans are punished by God just to go through challenges for no apparent reason, just to see the hard work degrade in front of their eyes. In “Mending Wall”, Frost draws a connection to the Flitcraft parable because every year, he and his neighbor would build these walls but it would always somehow break apart. “I have come after them and made repair/ where they have left not one stone on a stone”. Narrator feels the work of building the wall is useless but nowhere in the poem does it clearly state that the narrator does not like the wall. Narrator may be fond with the wall but not the wall building. If the presence of the wall is life, then the narrator is not in dislike of life but does not like the hard work that accompanies it. In the poem, the narrator wonders why there is a wall but he is at least as tied to it as his neighbor who strongly and clearly states he wants the wall. The narrator is ambiguous in his opinion of the wall so he is reserving his own feelings. He is afraid the feelings will spoil if he does not build the wall. While reading the poem, the reader notices that the narrator has a fierce competition of
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ideas in his own mind and that he has a fear of bringing one to tongue. “'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it/where there are cows?” He is questioning himself but does not answer it in the context of the poem. While it seems like he is directing the questions to his neighbor, he is also directing them to himself. Although he is asking questions of why life is, he is as caught up in it as his neighbor who has already clearly admitted his fate. Robert Frost often symbolized the creative and writing processes in his poems. The wall
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course ENG 111 taught by Professor Chapman during the Spring '12 term at Northern Virginia Community College.

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Robert Frost - Three Knots on a Message Sabiha Sungur Robert Frost's poem"Mending Wall depicts the way humans deal with boundaries within

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