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Irony in Mending Wall

Irony Examples in Mending Wall:

Text of the Poem

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"There where it is we do not need the wall: He is all pine and I am apple orchard...."   (Text of the Poem)

The narrator reveals the poem’s central irony: on a practical level, the wall is useless. The purpose of walls between farms is to prevent livestock from crossing over. As the narrator notes, “he is all pine and I am apple orchard.” It becomes increasingly clear that the wall serves a social, rather than physical, purpose.

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