Robert Frost

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

"In White": Frost's Early Version Of Design - Poem by Robert Frost

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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Comments about "In White": Frost's Early Version Of Design by Robert Frost

  • Practicing Poetess (10/4/2018 6:56:00 PM)


    The master Robert Frost has crafted a lovely poem about a spider and unfortunate moth. (Report) Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (10/4/2018 4:45:00 PM)


    Nature’s ways are so difficult to question. Great poem by Robers Frost. (Report) Reply

  • (10/4/2018 3:47:00 AM)


    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. (Report) Reply

  • Ruta Mohapatra (10/4/2018 3:27:00 AM)


    Destiny at play throughout our life! Both the versions of the poem are impressive! (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (10/4/2018 1:26:00 AM)


    Design- -or chance? I like his examination with all the questions he asks us to ponder (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (10/4/2018 1:24:00 AM)


    O' Spider,
    you can design the map of your life
    you can weave the epic of your life
    you can texture the pace of your living
    you can align the darkness flourishing
    .........................
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/4/2018 12:40:00 AM)


    Such a remarkable poem by Robert Frost........................ (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (3/31/2018 10:14:00 PM)


    What but design of darkness and of night?
    Design, design! Do I use the word aright?
    Nature's design beautifully portrayed by Robert frost
    (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (3/31/2018 10:17:00 AM)


    To Frost’s closing question, we might debate. What stands out to me most in this poem is the great, the vivid, description. Of this sort, in my own work, is the poem Choices. -GK (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/31/2018 4:05:00 AM)


    The beady spider! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/31/2018 3:22:00 AM)


    Such a splendid poem by Robert Frost👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (3/31/2018 2:55:00 AM)


    Portent in little, assorted death and blight, wisely penned by Robert Frost (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/31/2018 1:47:00 AM)


    White snow like a dented spider holds an amazing moth. White flower delights the child's mind. White colour has great importance and gives us pure perceptions. A rich imagery is drawn in this poem. This is definitely an outstanding poem...10 (Report) Reply

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (12/5/2017 3:58:00 AM)


    Astounding flow and elocution embellished in subtle poetic rhyme what makes it different from an ordinary poem! (Report) Reply

  • Mark Arvizu (12/22/2014 8:57:00 AM)


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

  • Akanksha Bhatt (6/4/2014 7:16:00 AM)


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

  • Dawn Fuzan (4/27/2014 8:57:00 AM)


    This Is a good poem (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 2:49:00 AM)


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

  • 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

  • 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

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 2, 2014


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