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Analysis and comments on Design by Robert Frost

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Comment 12 of 562, added on December 19th, 2005 at 11:24 AM.

NOT BAd i liked how frost displays da spyder

JIMMY from United States
Comment 11 of 562, added on December 11th, 2005 at 7:43 PM.

HAHA, none of you myopic poetry psychos regognized the inverted sonnet form
the poem is written in. This shows that frost is trying to convey the
"inverted" nature of...nature. Further proof that poetry is too abstract
and intentionally vague to be a real art form.

Comment 10 of 562, added on November 29th, 2005 at 12:44 AM.

This poem is reflective. It makes fearful images to life and turns
negative images arround to a positive one. Nice poem!

Sherwin from United States
Comment 9 of 562, added on October 25th, 2005 at 12:18 AM.

This poem was written at the time when the concept of divine "design" was
prevalent; this "design" is the ultimate control over life and death.
Robert Frost, by portraying this gruesome scene of a spider devouring a
moth as a beautiful, natural phenomenon, denies this concept and conveys
his message that everything happens spontaneously and without any "design"
behind it.

Gina from United States
Comment 8 of 562, added on October 9th, 2005 at 9:30 PM.

Frost in the poem "Design" builds on the literal natural situation to build
an argument for critical and existential thought. The grand metaphor of
the "small"-ness of the events compared to our own smallness and aloneness
in the universe builds on ideas of life as meaningless. The poem certainly
calls into question the existance of a god. Pascal said "the silence of
these infinite spaces frighten me"... it seems to me that Frost is
questioning these same ideas.

Dave from United States
Comment 7 of 562, added on October 2nd, 2005 at 7:11 PM.

I believe this poem is showing everything happens for a reason, or as
suggested by the title design.

theo files from United States
Comment 6 of 562, added on September 26th, 2005 at 4:48 PM.

I think Frost is asking us to question stereotypes in this poem. "What had
that flower to do with being white?" he asks, as if to be white demands
living up to the stereotype of innocence. The drama and beauty of nature
applies to creatures of all colors. The spider is no more guilty than the
moth, no more evil. This is not a poem about good and evil, it is about
nature and its equanimity. Though we think of black as the color of death,
nature has no such bias.

benosnje from United States
Comment 5 of 562, added on September 14th, 2005 at 6:09 PM.

From the very first line, the spider in Robert Frost’s Design is quite
unusual. A white spider is something most people don’t see everyday
meaning- pay attention to that detail. Is the intense irony of the all
white flower, moth and spider just an incredible coincidence? White in this
poem could be a symbol of purity or innocence. In the life process, nature
just happens; making it pure and neutral. This situation makes the reader
wonder how three very unusually colored beings are all interacting in the
same place at the same time. The poem suggests “ultimate design”- that
these three pure things, just going about their business, are not engaged
in an evil practice but involved in something so much bigger than
themselves. The three beings are engaged in this completely beautiful,
intriguing and terrifying “ultimate design”. Frost could have made all of
these things black- a symbol for all of the death and darkness that this
event is. However, by choosing to make these beings white, the poet decides
to play off the irony of three things, so pure of color committing an act
so dark. The unintentional cruelty of nature is being displayed in this

Comment 4 of 562, added on September 7th, 2005 at 3:11 PM.

I think that Frost is trying to articulate that looks can be deceiving. I
mean the moth, spider, and the flower are all described white in color
which obviously signifies purity and innocence. Thus, the moth was deceived
by this white appearance of the spider and got killed. Moreover, all of
this took place on the white heal-all(flower).

Tenzin from United States
Comment 3 of 562, added on August 9th, 2005 at 6:53 PM.

This poem represents the idea of free thought versus Gods will. What or
better yet, whose design would force a spider to eat a fly in order to
survive. Was the stage set perfectly by an ultimate power or was everything
by chance. The most intriguing aspect of the poem is the last line, as
though suggesting the possibility of a non-existent diety.

Brian from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: Design
Volume: A Further Range
Year: 1936
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Sep 14 2006

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