Mending Wall By Robert Frost Summary
There are some forces that don’t like walls. This icy ground swells under a wall and the rocks on the top of the wall then scatter in the heat of the sun. This makes the gaps in the wall so large that the two can walk side by side. And then there are the hunters who cut through the wall – that’s something different. I often have to come and fix the spots where the hunters did not leave a stone, because they tried to get out the rabbit hidden in the wall to please their pruning dog. No one has seen or heard of these gaps in the wall. We only find them there in the spring, when it comes time to fix the wall.
I reach out to my neighbor, who lives on top of a hill, and we see him walking along the wall together one day and fixing these gaps right away. He is next to the wall and I walk towards me, and we only deal with him as the stone falls from the wall next to him. Some of them look like loaves of bread and some are round like loaves, so we pray that they stay in place, balancing on the wall and saying: “We won’t move until we’re gone!” Our fingers are annoyed by the stones rising. It’s just another outdoor activity, each of us next to the wall, nothing more.
There is no need to have a wall. By the side of my neighbor’s wall, there is nothing but pine trees; My side is an apple tiger. It’s not like my apple trees will cross the wall and eat its pine cones, I tell him. But he simply responded, “You need a good fence to be a good neighbor.” “Since it’s spring and I think it’s naughty, I wonder if I can ask the neighbor myself:” Why do you need these? Isn’t that true if you’re trying to keep a neighbor’s cow away from your field? If there’s any cow here I want to build a wall, I want to know what I’m putting and what I’m putting and who’s going to be bothered by this because there’s some force that doesn’t love the wall, that wants to pull it down.
“I can suggest that Elves is responsible for the gap in the wall, but it’s not exactly Elvis, and anyway, I want my neighbor to find it out on his own. Like a warrior, he goes into a deep darkness – not just the forest and the darkness of the trees above. He doesn’t want to think outside of his conception of the world and prefers this concept to his liking, so he says again: “A good neighbor needs a good fence.” “”
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