Design

Robert Frost 1874 (San Francisco) – 1963 (Boston)



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.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 25, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABBAABBA ACAACC
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 588
Words 112
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 8, 6

Robert Frost

Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. more…

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  • eddy12597
    Nice Italian Sonnet. Found it very calming to read
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