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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The speaker’s mischief is to question the traditional saying delivered by his neighbour ‘good fences make good neighbours.’ So he questions how good neighbours are made by walls. Walls are supposed to keep cows separately but not human beings.

    The speaker’s mischief is to question the traditional saying delivered by his neighbour ‘good fences make good neighbours.’ So he questions how good neighbours are made by walls. Walls are supposed to keep cows separately but not human beings.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The diction of Frost is typical of him throughout this poem. The poem employs a candid language to express the mysterious pattern of breaking wall. The diction remains according to the concept of Frost “sound of senses.”

    The diction of Frost is typical of him throughout this poem. The poem employs a candid language to express the mysterious pattern of breaking wall. The diction remains according to the concept of Frost “sound of senses.”

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    Enjambment- It is the continuation of sentences without breaking across the lines. The poem has many enjambments. Metaphors- It is when something else is implied beyond the literal meaning. The poem uses “some are loaves and some so nearly balls” to express the shape of stones used in the wall. AssoRead more

    Enjambment- It is the continuation of sentences without breaking across the lines. The poem has many enjambments.

    Metaphors- It is when something else is implied beyond the literal meaning. The poem uses “some are loaves and some so nearly balls” to express the shape of stones used in the wall.

    Assonance- The poem repeats the vowel sounds in single sentences many times. Such as “The gaps I mean, no one has seen.”

    Irony- The title is an irony when compared to the message of the poem because it ends up contrasting mending wall with the idea that wall makes good neighbours.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The wall symbolises the barrier or boundaries which we set between us. The meaning given is multiple in nature because the wall can be also border between nations or the restrictions imposed by us between fellow beings when it comes to open communication. The wall can also symbolise modern day issueRead more

    The wall symbolises the barrier or boundaries which we set between us. The meaning given is multiple in nature because the wall can be also border between nations or the restrictions imposed by us between fellow beings when it comes to open communication. The wall can also symbolise modern day issues like immigration and refugees which happens over unnatural boundaries.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The poem describes the landscape around it in a compact manner. It is a feature of nature poetry. The poem shows human beings in relation to Nature. The poet has a broader conception of human beings without any border, in a natural world but his neighbour doesn’t. The poem describes Apple trees andRead more

    The poem describes the landscape around it in a compact manner. It is a feature of nature poetry. The poem shows human beings in relation to Nature. The poet has a broader conception of human beings without any border, in a natural world but his neighbour doesn’t. The poem describes Apple trees and pine trees in their individuality and non-interference. It is the way of Nature only.

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    Stone wall- The image of wall is created through the description of its boulders and stones and how it is situated in isolation between two different farms. Old-Stone savage- The neighbour who wants the proper fence is described as a savage from an ancient stone age. When he brings big stones to repRead more

    Stone wall- The image of wall is created through the description of its boulders and stones and how it is situated in isolation between two different farms.

    Old-Stone savage- The neighbour who wants the proper fence is described as a savage from an ancient stone age. When he brings big stones to repair the wall, he is described using this image.

    Neighbour beyond the hill- This image creates the atmosphere of the area and how people live there.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The poem progresses through various tone. The beginning is mysterious when it describes how there is something which doesn’t love walls. Then the tone becomes affirmative and natural when the narrator meets his neighbour. The tone becomes teasing too when questioning his neighbour but soon it becomeRead more

    The poem progresses through various tone. The beginning is mysterious when it describes how there is something which doesn’t love walls. Then the tone becomes affirmative and natural when the narrator meets his neighbour. The tone becomes teasing too when questioning his neighbour but soon it becomes ironic.

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    Ownership and possessiveness- The discussion of the wall in the poem suggests us how the innate nature of human beings makes them possessive. The barrier is set only when people employ right to own. Boundaries and borders- The image of fence in the poem makes us think how far one should go to set baRead more

    Ownership and possessiveness- The discussion of the wall in the poem suggests us how the innate nature of human beings makes them possessive. The barrier is set only when people employ right to own.

    Boundaries and borders- The image of fence in the poem makes us think how far one should go to set barrier between fellow human beings.

    Tradition- The neighbour says what he learned from his father that good fences make good neighbours. It is a traditional thought coming from an ancient animal memory. So the poem also deals with this fight against tradition of regression.

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