In a physical sense, fences are defined as those structures erected between the neighboring farms, usually used to control the movement of people as well as animals. A fence can be perceived differently among people in any given society. There are those individuals who consider a fence to be unnecessary while there are those who can perceive it to be very crucial. According to Frost’s poem, a fence can also be defined from a metaphorical sense. In metaphorical sense, a fence is a boundary in the relationships of people in a society, which controls the free run of information that belongs to various households. Therefore the benefits of both physical fence and metaphorical fence will be considered in this discussion. It is necessary to have property boundaries or fences to make good neighbors.
As depicted by Frost’s poem, a fence is a very important structure that should exist between neighbors. The neighbor kept telling the speaker that “Good fences make good neighbors”. Fences can control the movement of animals such as cows therefore avoiding the occurrences of incidents of crop destruction in farms. When both the owner of a plantation and the owner of cattle establishes a fence between their neighboring farms, neither of them negatively affects the other. This results into a good relationship between the two. Fences can also control the movement of people, for instance the speaker is talking about the hunters who should be prevented from moving into his yards since they interfere with the hips of stones. This can avoid enmity among people since there will be no trespass on other people’s yards. Fences are important because they can bring people together either during their establishment or the activity of mending. My neighbor Abraham considers a good neighbor to be “that person who is ready to share at least some information with you”. (Abraham, personal communication, May 29, 2011). As seen in the poem the speaker and his neighbors have come together to mend the fence between them. This is an annual ritual that brings neighbors together to repair the fence where it has been destroyed. Good neighbors are those who come together at least once in a while to share common talks or activities.
Therefore, according to Frost’s poem, fences make good neighbors because the speaker and the neighbors are sharing the common activity, which is mending the fence. Participating in this activity of mending the fence shows that both neighbors are concerned with the welfare of one another and as a result their relationship or friendship becomes stronger. Metaphorically, the fences between neighbors are considered necessary for maintaining privacy. As individuals become complacent regarding the wishes or privacy of their neighbors there will be an occurrence of ill feelings. Fences eliminate the likelihood of neighbors trespassing into those things you are not ready to share. Therefore, fences control the free run of information that belongs to various households. For instance, the poem depicts a fence between the speaker and his neighbors when the neighbor does not reply to question asked by the speaker regarding how fences result into good neighbors. It will be very important to build a wall that can allow for communication among the neighbors and at the same time keeping some information out of rich.
Therefore, because walls keep some information out of one’s neighbors there will be no hatred as well as occurrence of ill feelings among neighbors, hence good neighbors. It has been seen that fences among neighbors can be perceived as both physical fences and metaphoric fences. From a physical point of few, fences have been found to bring neighbors together, avoid trespasses, and control the movement of animals such as cows. All these enhance a good relationship between neighbors and therefore result into good neighbors. Metaphorically, fences between neighbors are considered necessary for maintaining privacy. Fences eliminate the likelihood of neighbors trespassing into those things you are not ready to share. Therefore, fences control the free run of information that belongs to various households.