Study Guide

Mending Wall Section XII (lines 44-46)

By Robert Frost

Section XII (lines 44-46)

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.