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Mending Wall

Mending Wall

by Robert Frost

Section XI Summary

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.

Lines 42-43

He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees
.

  • The neighbor doesn’t only look a bit like an "old-stone savage," but there’s also darkness in him.
  • What kind of darkness? Well, it’s not the kind of darkness that comes from standing in the woods beneath a thick canopy of treetops. This is a different kind of darkness. We don’t know exactly what this means, but we get goosebumps.
  • There’s something a little eerie about this neighbor.

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