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Comment 6 of 56, added on April 18th, 2009 at 10:32 PM.
This poem is an example of Frost's passion for nature evident throughout
his other works, and is clearly inspired by WWI. It is a literal
illustration of a spiders web threaded on at least one type of flower the
"mullein". The web and flower are near a bird's nest and another flower (if
not the mullein) which a butterfly is resting/gathering nector from. All
of these objects are interrupted by the rent of battle and a bullet flying
so close by as to double over the flower and knock the dew from the
spider's web. Then the butterfly has to hover in the air for a moment then
reclaim its spot on the now doubled over flower. The spider thinks a fly
has landed in the web, but has not. Meanwhile the bird revisits her young
not affected by the action
from United States
Comment 5 of 56, added on November 4th, 2008 at 3:37 AM.
This isn't about war! It's about the tiny battles of nature - the bullet
is from that of a hunter's rifle.
ea from Germany
Comment 4 of 56, added on November 4th, 2008 at 2:20 AM.
Because some birds make their nests on the ground. Honestly, I don't know
how people who aren't well versed naturalists can even read Frost.
Comment 3 of 56, added on November 3rd, 2008 at 8:18 PM.
why would a birds nest be on the ground?
The first stanza talks about a flower, this flower is cut, then the poet
goes back to the flower talking about how it is "bent double and so hung"
The bird still revisited its young. The soldiers try to come back home,
but that does not always work out, hense the next line, about the butterfly
Jean from United States
Comment 2 of 56, added on February 26th, 2006 at 4:00 AM.
Frost has used a calm & peaceful setting in the nature to express the
violence of war. He wrote this poem in 1916, during the middle of World War
One and he challenges the reader's attitude about war. His use of
full-stops to make pauses in his poem create a slow rhythm and produces a
sense of deep sorrow and death. In the first line of the poem, "The battle
rent a cobweb diamond-strung" metaphorically means that the soldiers are
entering the trap of war. The alliteration of "s" and "t" sounds
effectively creates a death & sorrowful theme and successfully illustrates
the losses caused by warfare.In the last line, Frost has used another stong
emotional effect when he says "finding nothing, sullenly withdrew". This
phrase literally means that there is no fly in the spider's trap but when
it is looked in a more complex manner, it means that there are no winners
in wars, there is no victory but only loses of lives.
Benny from Australia
Comment 1 of 56, added on May 27th, 2005 at 9:28 AM.
I think,this is one of best poetries reflecting battle and its effects on
people and nature.It is impossible to be desensitized after reading this
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