Mending Wall Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Something there is that doesn't love a wallA
That sends the frozen ground swell under itB
And spills the upper boulders in the sunC
And makes gaps even two can pass abreastD
The work of hunters is another thingE
I have come after them and made repairF
Where they have left not one stone on a stoneG
But they would have the rabbit out of hidingE
To please the yelping dogs The gaps I meanH
No one has seen them made or heard them madeI
But at spring mending time we find them thereF
I let my neighbour know beyond the hillJ
And on a day we meet to walk the lineK
And set the wall between us once againL
We keep the wall between us as we goM
To each the boulders that have fallen to eachN
And some are loaves and some so nearly ballsO
We have to use a spell to make them balanceP
Stay where you are until our backs are turnedQ
We wear our fingers rough with handling themR
Oh just another kind of out door gameS
One on a side It comes to little moreT
There where it is we do not need the wallA
He is all pine and I am apple orchardU
My apple trees will never get acrossV
And eat the cones under his pines I tell himW
He only says Good fences make good neighboursV
Spring is the mischief in me and I wonderX
If I could put a notion in his headY
Why do they make good neighbours Isn't itB
Where there are cows But here there are no cowsV
Before I built a wall I'd ask to knowM
What I was walling in or walling outZ
And to whom I was like to give offenceV
Something there is that doesn't love a wallA
That wants it down I could say Elves to himW
But it's not elves exactly and I'd ratherX
He said it for himself I see him thereF
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the topA2
In each hand like an old stone savage armedB2
He moves in darkness as it seems to meC2
Not of woods only and the shade of treesV
He will not go behind his father's sayingE
And he likes having thought of it so wellD2
He says again Good fences make good neighboursV

Robert Frost


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