Theme 1: nature's influence on the wall
Thesis: Emphasis is placed on the role that nature plays in destroying the wall through figurative imagery to convey the meaning that it is an redundant symbol of the past; an unnecessary figure amongst the wave of modern innovation.
-the speaker expresses to great details the setting of his New England countryside. he states "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". The speaker is showing that nature herself is a culprit, who in addition to hunters, continues to destroy the wall
-if Mother nature herself disapproves of the mending of the wall, which is a symbolic representation of traditional customs, it can be assumed that nature is trying to give a hint that it is time to revolutionize from the past ways and adapt to the new and modern methods
-encompassing this knowledge presents the speaker with encouragement to ponder and question the existence of the wall
Theme 2: the mending of relationships
Thesis: Diction and word choice focuses attention on the concept of mending broken relationships, as illustrated by the metaphor of repairing a wall.
-the term "mending," simply means to make repairs or to restore something. In line 11, "But at spring mending-time we find them there," indicates the speaker and his neighbour meet together every spring to "restore" the wall set between them. On lines 1 to 4, the narrator is describing the condition of the wall before the two neighbours start to mend it; this applies to the relationship between the two men. In bad condition, similar to the wall, prior to fixation that occurs every spring.
-in line 13, "And on a day we meet to walk the line," causes the reader to believe that the farmers only meet one day a year to help mend the wall. The wall could also have a positive aspect towards the neighbours. The wall may also help the neighbours "mend" their friendship during the...