[ by Charles Cameron — “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world” — PB Shelley ]
President Trump reads the lyrics of a song about a snake:
Trump is arguing the dangers of immigration and the necessity of a wall…
Poet Robert Frost reads a poem about a wall:
There’s irony aplenty in the Frost poem, and the voice of the narrator is generally not taken to be that of Frost himself. Worth pondering, thugh, are these lines:
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Frost’s poem, though, is contrapuntal, with its two key statements clashing:
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
Good fences make good neighbours.
Frost, it seems, leans more to the latter position — and Trump might have done himself a different favor, and quoted Frost.