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Comment 36 of 596, added on April 10th, 2011 at 4:01 PM.
Robert Frost Poem "Design"

I love all the interpretations of this exquisite poem. Could Frost have
been a little tipsy at the time of writing this poem? Or just making it
all up? I believe that the beautiful occurence in nature he saw he wrote
about and then questioned why he had to be the one to witness it.

MickeyB. from United States
Comment 35 of 596, added on December 12th, 2010 at 2:10 PM.

im pegai
well i think i got confused by this poet i can underestand what it say!!!!!

pegi from Iran
Comment 34 of 596, added on September 17th, 2010 at 1:51 AM.
projections google confirmation

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Comment 33 of 596, added on September 16th, 2010 at 11:54 AM.
small depends cap home details

depends led resulting

halfrytawe from Belarus
Comment 32 of 596, added on September 15th, 2010 at 10:13 PM.

Frost illustrates in this poem a series of what appear to be rare
coincidences: a heal-all that, while usually is a violet-blue, is white; a
small white spider that is for some unknown reason, residing on said
heal-all; a moth that happened to fly by the spider on the flower. He then
asks whether there is any way this could be without some form of greater
design. Did God design for a small white spider to cross a rare white
flower and climb it on the very night that moth happened to fly by? Then he
brings up another thought, Would a higher Design worry about the small
details, such as how that spider got its meal that night? These two
questions consider two points of veiw on the matter of Predestination, not
creationism. For those who are not aware, Predestination means that
everything in our life is already been decided and we are already fated the
path before us. on the one hand, how could the small unprobable
coincidences happen without some sort of higher design. On the other why
would a greater design worry about such details?

Lex from United States
Comment 31 of 596, added on January 15th, 2010 at 1:23 PM.
loved it

I think the tone of the poem is absolutely the point of doubt and the poet
wants us to doubt the same thing he doubts

negar hesari from Iran
Comment 30 of 596, added on December 2nd, 2009 at 5:25 PM.

The whole point of this poem is to make the reader wonder about what
initially may seem like design in nature. Frost doesn't necessarily come
down one way or the other. Frost was well-read on Darwinism, and in many of
his writings he ponders what the fact of evolution would mean for humanity
and our ideas about purpose and design.
Of note is that Stephen Jay Gould (famous American paleontologist) quoted
this poem in his keynote presentation at the Skeptics Society Gould
Festschrift, when talking about the lack of design in nature.

Justin Wagner from Canada
Comment 29 of 596, added on November 15th, 2009 at 10:44 PM.
Frost's "Design"

The piece is a commentary on "design" arguments for the existence of God.
The argument proceeds simply as follows: Nature reveals a design so precise
that a designer of that nature must exist, i.e., God. The poem's response:
one being's design for good is another's design for evil. What works for
the spider is a disaster for the moth...thus, the "God" that is argued for
depends on t e perspective, whether the design enhances or collapses life.

Keith from United States
Comment 28 of 596, added on November 4th, 2009 at 4:54 AM.

i am an iranian sophomore english student and i have to give a lecture on
this poem.i am really confused cos i cant understan it completely.

mohammad from Iran
Comment 27 of 596, added on September 28th, 2009 at 1:29 AM.

i think this poem is great! It makes one think of the 'design' of life and
death. Maybe death is actually perfect its own way..

Adam 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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