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"The Explication of a Universal Thought" The following essay pertains to the "The Mending Wall" by renowned poet Robert Frost.

Date Submitted: 11/11/2004 22:03:10
Category: / Literature / Poetry
Length: 2 pages (550 words)
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The Explication An Universal Thought In his poem "Mending Wall," renown poet, Robert Frost, conveys a universal thought that an individual will continue to abide by an understood ideal based solely on what is said, not what has been personally explicated or questioned through symbolism, repetition, and irony. Throughout the poem, Frost utilizes symbolism to exemplify the theme. The wall, for example, represents the unnecessary boundaries that man has erected to enclose his "pine and ...…

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…Frost's theme. In the voices of them both, the speaker, whimsical, thinks the neighbor is inherently prejudiced and puerile in thought, and the neighbor who replies with his one determined sentence, the inherited maxim, upholds Frost's theme that one will proceed to obey traditions, though the traditions themselves are spirits of steadfastness and restraint against change, which insist that they be respected, "thought well" (l. 44), and continually rebuilt, as a matter of principle.

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