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Design - Robert Frost
Transcript of Design - Robert Frost
Tone & Syntax
Frost shows us the tones
The first eight lines (Octet) are one sentence. The second six (sestet) contains three questions, the last of which are rhetorical.
Repeated vowel sounds: "long i"; "short i"; "o" sounds
Repeated consonant sounds "th"; "t"; "d"; "l".
Frost provides many examples of images throughout 'Design' i.e:
"a dimpled spider, fat and white,"
"On a white heal-all, holding up a moth "
"a white piece of rigid satin cloth"
"the ingredients of a witches' broth--"
"A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth,"
"dead wings carried like a paper kite"
Analysis of both
The two poem also uses a great deal of the same formal language and imagery, also. For example, both drafts refer to the dead moth as a "paper kite" and the spider as a snow drop, and both make allusions to a witches' broth.the similarities help to highlight the differences. Why did Frost chose to make the changes he made? The poem does change but not as much
Thesis part 1
Thesis part 2
He associates purity and innocence, and life and death as harmless and meaningless or worthless because it is camouflaged by evil. The white spider is camouflaged by the white heal-all, and the white moth is attracted to the white flower, like any other moth would be attracted to a light and the white moth is attacked and killed by the white spider. Frost, makes us think and ask ourselves, is life meaningless or worthless because it is camouflaged by which evil. What evil, like the camouflaged spider, lurks around every corner of life? Does life just randomly unfolds , is it chance, or is it destined, preplanned far ahead that it is meant to be?
I found a dimpled spider, fat and white, (A)
On a white heal-all, holding up a moth (B)
Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth— (B)
Assorted characters of death and blight (A)
Mixed ready to begin the morning right, (A)
Like the ingredients of a witches’ broth—( B)
A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth. (B)
And dead wings carried like a paper kite. (A)
What had that flower to do with being white, (A)
The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?( C)
What brought the kindred spider to that height,( A)
Then steered the white moth thither in the night? (A)
What but design of darkness to appall?— (C)
If design govern in a thing so small. (C)
Frost mentions white in his poem five times, but he uses this as an ironic connotation. White is always associated with purity and innocence such as a bride on her wedding day or the Virgin Mary
In 1912 Frost wrote a poem called 'In White' it was penned and published before 'Design' which was 1936 by looking at the last two lines of the early draft that the spider, the moth, and the heal-all may have been images that constantly occupying Frost's mind for years after he wrote "In White."
A dented spider like a snow drop white (A)
On a white Heal-all, holding up a moth(B)
Like a white piece of lifeless satin cloth -(B)
Saw ever curious eye so strange a sight? -(A)
Portent in little, assorted death and blight (A)
Like the ingredients of a witches' broth? -(B)
The beady spider, the flower like a froth, (B)
And the moth carried like a paper kite.(A)
What had that flower to do with being white,(A)
The blue prunella every child's delight.(A)
What brought the kindred spider to that height? (A)
(Make we no thesis of the miller's plight.(A)
What but design of darkness and of night?(A)
Design, design! Do I use the word aright? (A)
Frost in his poems Design and In White forces his audience to think; “What force or entity? An act of nature?” That caused the white heal-all flower, the white spider and the white moth, three albinos, void of color,to occupy the same space in time.
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I found a
spider, fat and white, (A)
On a white heal-all, holding up a moth (B)
The poem starts off as if it would be a children's poem similar to 'Little Miss Muffet' or 'The Itsy Bitsy Spider'.
Showing the innocence that we perceive from a quick glance at many things.
The word that should stick out to us is
. Because it gives a playful, naïve tone.
The 'daDUM, daDUM, daDUM, daDUM, daDUM' lullaby rhythm