The relation with man
Frost never portrays nature as being vicious against man, or working against man at all times, but there is an interplay between man and nature, which more or less amounts to the reaction of people to nature's processes, such as the breaking down of walls which ultimately leads to form an annual ritual or the influence of nature on mans heroic determination to extend his boundaries in order to teach man a lesson.
Frost seems to think that such things in nature are not meant as cruelties to mankind, but rather just as a reminder to man that he is not all he thinks he is, that he is not the last word. It is nature saying to man "who do you think you are."
He resided in Vermont, New England – a rustic, quiet, peaceful place, far removed from the noise, pollution, stress and excitement produced by the Industrial Revolution. Frost’s poetry reflects this: the distance from the city provides an opportunity to connect with nature and re-examine man’s relation to his original, natural environment.
- Through natures disintegration of the Wall separating two neighbours, and whose repair has transformed into an annual country ritual of the two, nature is portrayed as being capable of having great influence on humans by even affecting their social relationships.
His neighbor Napoleon Guay insisted on building a stone wall every spring to act as the boundary line between the two properties. While living on the farm, Frost was fascinated with the setting and nature surrounding him because he was introduced to the rural life late in his life. Robert Frost worked as a farmer from 1900-1911 but his agricultural work proved to be unsuccessful. While he worked, he also observed nature’s beauty which had an impact on his life.
Natures power and influence is portrayed through its obscurity and incomprehensible nature. "Something there is that doesn't love a wall"
- The syntactical inversion
applied here combined with the indefinite pronoun “something“ adds some vagueness and mystery to nature.
- perhaps the idea that is is some anthropomorphic force of nature denying any
human attempt to impose limits on it. It almost seems to serve as a third figure in the poem -
a kind of inner voice trying to gain a certain impact on the conflict, which is the actual plot of the poem.