Friday, February 13, 2009

Design by Robert Frost

Frost was a master of the sonnet. In "Design" he takes on the classic argument for design: that the design evident in the natural world is proof of the existence of God.  


Design

I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,
On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth--
Assorted characters of death and blight
Mixed ready to begin the morning right,
Like the ingredients of a witches' broth--
A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth,
And dead wings carried like a paper kite.
What had that flower to do with being white,
The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?
What brought the kindred spider to that height,
Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
What but design of darkness to appall?--
If design govern in a thing so small.



Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874. He moved to New England at the age of eleven and became interested in reading and writing poetry during his high school years in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Frost lived and taught for many years in Massachusetts and Vermont, and died in Boston on January 29, 1963.

9 Comments:

Blogger Misty said...

Everything by Frost is my favorite. In fact, I'm so jealous of his gift I could just spit.

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dr house is hot!...the poem is good too. ;)

misty's funny.

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Anonymous Mark Christal said...

Joel Conarroe has a nice critique of this poem in his, "Six American Poets: an Anthology."

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Anonymous Beth Partin said...

I love the way he asks that question and doesn't answer it, just expresses a doubt.

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