by Robert Frost
Section XII (lines 44-46) Summary
Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
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.