My favorite poem is . This poem’s power astounded me when I first encountered it in a Contemporary Poetry class. Where does the poet’s intense anger come from? How can she compare her father to a Nazi? The poem’s anger is told in a nursery rhyme rhythm making the anger all the more unsettling. Plus, the poet uses only one simple rhyme throughout the poem. It is like an incantation that stays me with years later. After hearing this poem read aloud I wanted to know more about this poet. How could a young woman write such a strange and unsettling poem?
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Frost writes the poem as a blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter) monologue. He establishes the speaker as one who questions why he and his neighbor (from over the hill) continue to rebuild the stone wall establishing the boundary between their lands when the effort seems futile.
Choose one of the following three options as the topic for a word essay in which you establish paragraph topics and develop your topics through explanations and offering supporting evidence through: quotation, paraphrases, and/or brief summaries. Do not conduct any outside reading for this assignment.