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Mending Wall

Mending Wall


by Robert Frost

Section XII (lines 44-46) Summary

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Lines 44-46

He will not go behind his father’s saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."

  • We learn that the neighbor’s favorite saying ("Good fences make good neighbors") actually isn’t his own, but harkens back to his father’s saying.
  • When the speaker tells us this, we see this neighbor as a man of tradition and old-school rules.
  • Rules are made to be broken.

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