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Transcript of Poet Bio
by: Ben Patz
"Design" by: Robert Frost
I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,
On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth--
Assorted characters of death and blight
Mixed ready to begin the morning right,
Like the ingredients of a witches’ broth--
A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth,
And dead wings carried like a paper kite.
What had that flower to do with being white,
The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?
What brought the kindred spider to that height,
Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
What but design of darkness to appall?--
If design govern in a thing so small.
The Author's Primary Focus
The author's primary focus was to get readers to question whether even the smallest things happen by chance, or by some grand design.
even the smallest or most evil things
One of the first devises I saw was symbolism
it is used to explain that the spider as evil or dangerous
Robert Frost was born on march 26, 1874 in San Francisco and died on January 29, 1963
After college he married Elinor white
In his lifetime he received more than 40 honorary degrees
Three of the devises he uses are symbolism, allusion, and imagery
By using those devises, he gets the reader picturing things that could happen by chance or by grand design.
"Like the ingredients of a witches’ broth," (line 6)
this is comparing the spider to a "witches broth"
witches broth was made to harm or curse
this symbolizes that the spider was dangerous
and its "design" was to be like that
Another device used was allusion.
"On a white heal-all holding up a moth," (line 2) and, "Assorted characters of death and blight,"(line 4)
the way he used allusion was by the spider killing a moth on a white heal all
a heal-all was a flower that was medicinal
so it's weird to have a spider killing something on a white heal all
this makes the reader question whether something this coincidental could happen by chance or design
The third devise of the many that he used, was imagery to get the reader to know more about the spider
"a dimpled spider, fat and white,"/ "kindred spider,"
At first, Frost is portraying the spider as small and almost playful
Then it tells that the spider is "kindred" which means it's apart a something
A grand design
in the poem "design" by Robert Frost, he gives the reader a chance to decide what they think about mere coincidences
I like how the poem asks a very debatable question which is whether there is a God with a design of everything or not.
I learned that God doesn't force anything on us and that he doesn't make us do what we do, but at the same time he does know what will come of situations