Robert Frost And Masculinity: Comparing The Poems "Home Burial" And "Mending Wall"

2543 words - 11 pages

Robert Frost was a person who was very much immersed in masculinity, which was a paradoxical position for a poet to take during the 19th and 20th centuries. Poetry was mainly connected to effeminate and delicate men, and Frost was outwardly the polar opposite of that perception. He was, indeed, a rugged, rural New England individual; a man who couldn't be any farther from delicate, and certainly didn't intend to be delicate on his readers. He was a farmer, a true woodsman, and in most of his poems channeled that frontiersman persona and created masculine characters that were mirror images of his own lifestyle; the male characters in Frost's poetry could even be said to be extensions of Frost ...view middle of the document...

The "Something there is that doesn't love a wall,/ That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it" is nature itself, creating "gaps even two can pass abreast" in a man-made wall. The fact the Frost included the phrase "even two can pass abreast" indicates that it is not natural to build a wall between men so that they cannot communicate, and that nature is even acting out against the stone wall to make space for not only one human being to pass through, but that even two men could pass abreast. It is even more interesting to note that the natural occurrence that doesn't love the wall is a "frozen-ground-swell", or frost heaves. Due to the omission of frost heaves and the use of the phrase "frozen-ground-swell" instead, the reader is left to contemplate more on what a "frozen-ground-swell" represents, and when the word frost enters the mind an automatic association is made between the first speaker in the poem and Robert Frost himself. Though it only makes sense that the "I" mentioned later in the poem would be Robert Frost, it seems more possible after that association is made, and seems even more evident that Robert Frost has already taken a stance on the issue of society's belief that men should stay emotionally separate from one another to maintain their masculinity and dominance, all within the first four lines of "Mending Wall".The two male characters that Frost portrays in "Mending Wall" are contrasting individuals that he utilizes to show that the walls built between men are only created to keep dominance intact, and the playful questioning of those ideals by the first speaker contrasted with the blind following of those ideals by the second speaker, solidify the idea that even Frost saw the ludicrousness of society's expectations of masculinity. Though the main speaker in the poem seems to believe that walls are necessary as much as the second speaker does, he still attempts to question the precedent. The first speaker refers to the stone wall as something very fragile, unpredictable, and unnatural, stating that the stones never stay in place and that the neighbors "have to use a spell to make them balance". Even though the wall satisfies the society-induced urge to create barriers around their own domains and control what belongs to them, it is something abnormal and almost inhuman to keep the walls intact. The idea of using a spell to satisfy a natural urge is almost paradoxical, because a spell is nothing but supernatural. The understated way that Frost conveys that singular statement seems to contrast society's ideas of masculinity; they cannot be something entirely correct if it takes so much unnatural effort to keep them intact. The first speaker further mocks the idea when saying "My apple trees will never get across/ And eat the cones under his pines", creating an unrealistic image to further show the ridiculousness of these barriers. The first speaker's desire to question the precedents set by men before him comes through directly...

Find Another Essay On Robert Frost And Masculinity: Comparing The Poems "Home Burial" And "Mending Wall"

Home Burial by Robert Frost Essay

1398 words - 6 pages ." Surely Frost wants the reader to connect this up-and-down motion with sexual activity but also, and more important, with the birth-life-adulthood-love-death cycle of humankind. Themes and Meanings Frost's primary concern in "Home Burial" is to present modes of grief and communication. The Frosts' first child, a son, died in 1900 at the age of four. Their grief, which permanently wrenched their long marriage, took conflicting forms, during

Analysis of Mending Wall by Robert Frost

2952 words - 12 pages Analysis of Mending Wall by Robert Frost Robert Frost was inspired to write Mending Wall after talking with one of his farming friend Napoleon Guay. He learned from talking with his neighbor that writing in the tones of real life is an important factor in his poetic form (Liu,Tam). Henry David Thoreau once stated that, “A true account of the actual is the purest poetry.” Another factor that might have played a role in inspiring Frost to

Comparing and Contrasting Poems by Wilfried Owen and Robert Frost

1306 words - 6 pages These two poems are in some way quite similar, as the authors write about two male characters, an injured man and a young boy, one of whom dies later. Wilfried Owen explored the effects of war on those who live through it by comparing the present life of an injured soldier to his past hopes and accomplishments. Robert Frost‘s poem, is seen as a vision of the inhuman evils of technology, and its violence and bleakness appear to justify such a

This essay compares and contrasts two poems," Mending Wall" by Robert Frost, and "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes. Very useful if assigned to compare and contrast two poems

477 words - 2 pages The poems " Mending Wall" by Robert Frost, and "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes are very similar in many ways, and yet very different in others. "Mother to Son" is written from a mother telling her son that life isn't easy and not to give up. "Mending Wall" is about a man fixing a wall that has holes in it. Both of these poems are about the hard work it takes to get something done. Each of these poems teaches us to never give up when times get

Robert Frost Home Burial - The Insensitive, Selfish Husband

1238 words - 5 pages in a marriage often teeters. In his personal views and ideals, the husband in Frost's poem has begun to build a brick wall between Amy and himself. Since his understanding of Amy and her grief has not moved beyond the point of self, he might be close to placing the last brick in the wall.   Works Cited Frost, Robert. "Home Burial." Introduction to Literature: Reading, Analyzing, and Writing.2nd ed. Ed. Dorothy U. Seyler and Richard A. Wilan. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice, 1990. 144?47.  

Poetry essay on "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost

537 words - 2 pages In the "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost, a story is told of two neighbors who meet annuallyto repair a fence that separates their properties. The wall in this poem is much morethan just a physical barrier between two estates, it can be viewed as an emotional orpsychological barrier as well. This wall can also be seen as a metaphor for therelationship between the speaker and his neighbor.It is human tendency to want to have boundaries between

Why People Create Boundries: Mending Wall by Robert Frost

734 words - 3 pages Why do people create boundaries between each other when there are none to begin with? Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall” explores two people, the speaker and his neighbor, who built a wall to separate each other even though it is not needed. He reveals their differences through the use of diction, tone, figurative language, and imagery. Throughout the poem, Frost makes numerous references to the wall between the neighbors and what

Robert Frost's "Mending Wall"

423 words - 2 pages I find this poem to be easily read on a variety of levels, first, of course, being a literal level with two neighbors mending the wall between the two. "Good fences make good neighbors," (line 27) according to the man's father. The quote is a reference to the man's inability to be an individual, and his inability to move past his father's beliefs and thoughts, and gain his own. The neighbor is the one with the desire to maintain the wall between

Actual and Symbolic Barriers in Robert Frost's Mending Wall

1079 words - 4 pages comes to know the man, his ways will continue to be an enigma and the barrier will remain. By not allowing the reader to get the neighbor's point of view, Frost keeps the reader from making it to the other side of the fence also. The barriers in Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" range from dividing an apple orchard and pine grove to keeping private life separate from public life. The wall, which causes the yearly interaction between the two men

The Duke and The King. Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" a critical anaylsis

993 words - 4 pages the issues of the fence. This so-called discussion turned out to be raised voices and flying fist that ended with the two gentleman becoming friends. The two men learning how wonderful it is to have good neighbors vowed to never build a barrier between their properties and lose sight of their good friendship. This invented story is similar to Robert Frost's poem, "Mending Wall." In both, the two main characters come to know each other because of

Robert Frost Home Burial - A Reflection of Reality

938 words - 4 pages  Home Burial as a Reflection of Reality      Robert Frost's "Home Burial" is a masterfully written work, conceived from his and his wife's anguish at the loss of their first-born son as well as from the estrangement between his sister-in-law and her husband due to the death of their child. In Donald J. Greiner's commentary on Frost's works, "The Indespensible Robert Frost," it is revealed that "Mrs. Frost could

Similar Essays

"Mending Wall" By Robert Frost Essay

2404 words - 10 pages Robert Frost's poetry is always simple and direct, yet strangely deep. Everyone can read into his poem but with different kind of expression. Frost has been discovering the world. He likes to explore relationships between individuals and between people and nature. One of his famous poems, 'Mending Wall', reveals his feelings and ideas about community, life and imagination.In New Hampshire, where Frost's house was, there was a stonewall. This

Mending Wall By Robert Frost Essay

965 words - 4 pages Mending Wall by Robert Frost "Mending Wall" is vintage Robert Frost. Vintage to the degree that Frost has often referred to the work as his second favorite poem. Within its lines are the simplicity of language and subject, realism and imagery, humor and cynicism that combine to reveal the meditative insight that marks the poetry of Robert Frost. An annual ritual of mending a stone wall that divides the adjoining property of two New

Mending Wall, By Robert Frost Essay

1230 words - 5 pages Many works of literature contain an aspect of writing in which the author relays a story to the reader directly in order to conceal a deeper hidden meaning or concept that the reader will later discover. Authors veil the messages they wish readers to uncover using literary devices such as metaphor. In “Mending Wall” Robert Frost uses the metaphor of the wall to reveal the literal and figurative distance between the speaker and his neighbor to

Comparing The Voice Of Frost In Mending Wall, After Apple Picking, And The Wood Pile

1377 words - 6 pages trusting to the rendering of speech. At the end of "Home Burial," the wife lashes out at her husband in exasperation: "You - oh, you think the talk is all . . ." But for the composer of these poems, the talk is all, whether that of his imagined characters or of himself speaking aloud. Works Cited Frost, Robert. "Mending Wall." The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Julia Reidhead. 5th ed. 2 vols. New York: Norton, 1998. Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered.
dwonload lagu linkin park in the end | 2018 American Silver Eagle 1 oz Coin | Sealed US Mint Roll of 20 | English Movies Dubbed in Hindi