Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jun 6 02:39:40 UTC 2006

At 7:28 PM -0400 6/5/06, Baker, John wrote:
>         This would, of course, be earlier than Mieder's 1846 example.
>In light of the many who cite to Frost for this proverb, it's another
>reason why we need to see the Yale Book of Quotations (currently $30 at
> as soon as possible.
>John Baker

I trust that "Something there is that doesn't love a wall", which is
another YDOQ-worthy line frequently cited from this poem, is in fact
Frost's own.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
>Of Fred Shapiro
>Sent: Monday, June 05, 2006 5:04 PM
>Subject: Re: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
>On Mon, 5 Jun 2006, Baker, John wrote:
>>         As Frost himself recognizes, it is an old saying and of
>>  incontestable accuracy where there are cows or other animals that can
>>  damage crops.  Here's an 1859 example, from Transactions of the State
>>  Agricultural Society of Michigan; With Reports of County Agricultural
>>  Societies, for the Year 1859, Vol. XI, at 342 (1861) (via Making of
>>  America):
>There are a number of examples from the 1830s and 1840s findable on the
>databases.  The earliest I have found is 1834 in American Periodical
>Series, I believe.
>Fred Shapiro
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