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Mending Wall by Robert Frost

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,

That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,

And spills the upper boulders in the sun,

And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.

The work of hunters is another thing:

I have come after them and made repair

Where they have left not one stone on a stone,

But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,

To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,

No one has seen them made or heard them made,

But at spring mending-time we find them there.

I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;

And on a day we meet to walk the line

And set the wall between us once again.

We keep the wall between us as we go.

To each the boulders that have fallen to each.

And some are loaves and some so nearly balls

We have to use a spell to make them balance:

'Stay where you are until our backs are turned!'

We wear our fingers rough with handling them.

Oh, just another kind of out-door game,

One on a side. It comes to little more:

There where it is we do not need the wall:

He is all pine and I am apple orchard.

My apple trees will never get across

And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.

He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'.

Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder

If I could put a notion in his head:

'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it

Where there are cows?

But here there are no cows.

Before I built a wall I'd ask to know

What I was walling in or walling out,

And to whom I was like to give offence.

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,

That wants it down.' I could say 'Elves' to him,

But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather

He said it for himself. I see him there

Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top

In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.

He moves in darkness as it seems to me

Not of woods only and the shade of trees.

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."

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  1. 20 March 2011
    71. "THABANI" says

    I lv ds poem. I dd ds peom 2 yr back(2009) @ Noju high in Nongoma

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  2. 17 March 2011
    70. Gucci+lover says

    Wow boiz n galz thz stories a fntstc u shld try rdn thm wow;)

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  3. 17 March 2011
    69. $t¤n€ says

    I luv ds poem coz ws togt by a nice ldy at skul lst yr,..al da matriculants 4rm mamellong in tsakane knw it nd it rocks...especialy grd 12 b"s of 2010.leonard godla

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  4. 15 March 2011
    68. (*)LE(H)LE(*) says

    These poets have a great way of expressing themselves. I loved all the poems.

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  5. 10 March 2011
    67. Sweetlipz says

    I have a compliement to the writter great poem i study whn i was at school frm the book called vivid voice.

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  6. 5 March 2011
    66. Monique says

    I hate the poem mending wall bcuz my teacher dd it everyday at skwl:e:s

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