Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

"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 -
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  • Rookie - 784 Points Mark Arvizu (12/22/2014 8:57:00 AM)

    It was designed that way........ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 20 Points Akanksha Bhatt (6/4/2014 7:16:00 AM)

    this is really a good poem.. I like it.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Dawn Fuzan (4/27/2014 8:57:00 AM)

    This Is a good poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 58 Points Brian Jani (4/26/2014 2:49:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 396 Points Cat Hodgson (6/18/2013 10:01:00 AM)

    I liked the question at the end of this poem.. Life is a plot... Cat (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 396 Points Cat Hodgson (6/18/2013 10:01:00 AM)

    I liked the question at the end of this poem.. Life is a plot... Cat (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarah Mcrae (6/13/2013 7:07:00 PM)

    a lovely refreshing-type poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rokie Nokishi (5/26/2013 11:29:00 PM)

    Oh, how I love Robert Frost and his unique flow and wording of his poems. Beautiful, as always. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points William Kd (3/10/2013 5:14:00 PM)

    Positively Design.: -) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,411 Points * Sunprincess * (10/5/2012 5:13:00 PM)

    wow did a Bing search on Heal-all, saw pictures it is a beautiful plant..this created better visuals and made the poem more beautiful..thanks (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Andrew Hoellering (2/25/2009 3:16:00 AM)

    Frost’s brilliance emerges in the difference between this and the final version. In Design he changes the first line to ‘I found a dimpled spider, fat and white.’
    ‘Lifeless’ becomes ‘vivid’(L.3) and the fourth line ‘Assorted characters of death and blight.’ ‘Snow-drop’ replaces ‘beady’ in L.7, and the 8th line now reads ‘And dead wings carried like a paper kite.’
    Each substitution is more realistic, convincing and ominous, foreshadowing Design’s conclusion:
    What brought the kindred spider to that height,
    Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
    What but design of darkness to appal? -
    If design govern in a thing so small. (Report) Reply



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