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Mending Wall

Mending Wall


by Robert Frost

Analysis: Brain Snacks

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

President John F. Kennedy once says of Frost, "He has bequeathed his nation a body of imperishable verse from which Americans will forever gain joy and understanding." (Source)

Frost was co-valedictorian of his high school class with his future wife, Elinor Miriam White. (Source)

Frost was a very nervous little boy, and was home-schooled for much of his childhood. (Source)

In 1961, Frost reads his poem "The Gift Outright" at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration.

Frost loves sonnets. (Source)

The Roman god Terminus is the god of boundaries. Neighbors would celebrate their boundaries on February 23rd each year by offering up delicious food and presents to their respective boundaries. (Source)

When asked what the intention behind "Mending Wall" is, Frost responded:

"In my Mending Wall was my intention fulfilled with the characters portrayed and the atmosphere of the place? […] I should be sorry if a single one of my poems stopped with either of those things—stopped anywhere in fact. My poems—I should suppose everybody's poems—are all set to trip the reader head foremost into the boundless. Ever since infancy I have had the habit of leaving my blocks carts chairs and such like ordinaries where people would be pretty sure to fall forward over them in the dark. Forward, you understand, and in the dark. I may leave my toys in the wrong place and so in vain. It is my intention we are speaking of—my innate mischievousness."(Source)

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