"In White": Frost's Early Version Of Design

A dented spider like a snow drop white
On a white Heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of lifeless satin cloth -
Saw ever curious eye so strange a sight? -
Portent in little, assorted death and blight
Like the ingredients of a witches' broth? -
The beady spider, the flower like a froth,
And the moth carried like a paper kite.

What had that flower to do with being white,
The blue prunella every child's delight.
What brought the kindred spider to that height?
(Make we no thesis of the miller's plight.)
What but design of darkness and of night?
Design, design! Do I use the word aright?


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by Robert Frost

Comments (25)

The master Robert Frost has crafted a lovely poem about a spider and unfortunate moth.
Nature’s ways are so difficult to question. Great poem by Robers Frost.
Robert Frost question the natural moral order where the moth has to die so the spider can survive with beautiful imagery. The poem even considers that somehow the blue prunella played a part in the demise of the moth even though it is every child's delight. the imagery in this poem is very phenomenal.
Destiny at play throughout our life! Both the versions of the poem are impressive!
Design- -or chance? I like his examination with all the questions he asks us to ponder
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