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     The line "What can't be molded must be cracked and sprung" is once more referring to the shaping of metal. Once a metal has been removed from its cast and allowed to cool, it becomes solid and very difficult to shape. Frost is comparing this concept to man when he is set in his ways. The longer one is set in his ways the more difficult it is for him to learn and change.