New Englanders have a love-hate relationship with walls and fences. We want privacy, but we don’t want to offend. We want connection with our neighbors, but not too much. Then we shy away from the cost of walls and fences and miss that great opportunity to build ourselves an inner sanctum of beauty and privacy.
In Robert Frost’s poem "Mending Wall" he clearly had the notion to take issue with walls or fences used for the sole purpose of claiming territory. It was his neighbor who felt strongly that “good fences made good neighbors.” Frost thought fences were good when one kept cows!