Mending Wall

First Aphorism: “Something there is that doesn’t love” Second Aphorism: “Good fences, make good neighbors”

1)Robert Frost famously stated “Every poem is a momentary stay against the confusion of the world.” Given this quote and if we assume that the “wall” in the poem “Mending Wall” represents “order against chaos” we could possibly think that “Mending Wall” supports the position of the second aphorism rather than the first aphorism despite the fact the poem spend most of its time arguing against the second aphorism? “Something” = “disorder? Build a case that “Mending Wall” supports the desirability of having boundaries/order? Discuss (5 points) [a paragraph] For Once, Then, Something (Robert Frost)

2) How does the poem “For once, then, something” make a case for that “something”? That is, the necessity for a search for “a deeper insight into things,” “an epiphany,” “a clearer vision,” despite the very real possibility of failure, and how does he show us that this search is not necessarily narcissistic? Discuss (5 points) [a paragraph]

The Briefcase (Paul Muldoon)

4)The briefcase is in the danger of transforming back into what? (1 point) [a sentence]

5)The word ‘open’ can refer to open and closed forms. (Open form—free-verse–is valued here in US and closed form–rhyming sonnets, meter–in Ireland). In the poem the “‘open’ sea” is the way a way back to Ireland. Is there a contradiction here. Is (or how is) Muldoon deliberately creating confusion, muddling up any possibility for the reader to find a definite meaning for the poem? (5 points) [a paragraph]
Meeting the British (Paul Muldoon)

6)The poem can be summed up with these three words: “Betrayal/Disease/Extinction.” Who ends up betraying who in the poem? (2 points) [a sentence or two]

7)What ends up being the principal tool of betrayal in the poem? (2 points) [a sentence or two]

8)Why does the narrator of Paul Muldoon’s “Meeting the British” find it strange that he is “calling out in French”? How is this related to Muldoon himself? Discuss. (5 points) [a paragraph]
































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