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Mending Wall


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Blank-verse poem by Robert Frost, published in North of Boston (1914). Describing the time he and a neighboring farmer spent the day in replacing fallen stones on the wall which divides their land, the poet declares, “Something there is that doesn't love a wall,” and expresses his philosophy of tolerance, generosity, and brotherhood in the contrast between his neighbor's dogmatic “Good fences make good neighbours” and his own more consideredBefore I built a wall I'd ask to knowWhat I was walling in or walling out.

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