What had that flower to do with being white, The wayside blue and innocent heal-all? The poet is being ironic, choosing white to contrast deeply with the dark business of the hunting and devouring spider, in cahoots with the ironically named heal-all. In my opinion, Frost wants to show there is an evil in a good world. The poet begins to question the eerie absence of color in this albino scene. In addition to the sonnet's strict rhyme scheme, the sonnet also follows iambic pentameter, which means each line is ten syllables, five unstressed syllables and five stressed syllables. . I'm only a sophmore in high school, but i am a pretty good writer.
Copyright 1916, 1923, 1928, 1930, 1934, 1939, 1947, 1949, © 1969 by Holt Rinehart and Winston, Inc. This a poetic expression of Irony that employs two opposites together in its imagery. For Frost, the attempt to see clearly, and from all sides, requires a willingness to confront the frightening and the appalling even in its darkest forms? This color is closely associated with purity, but he uses this color to describe a gruesome, evil scene. All these three white creatures and flower are brought together for some terrible reason. This is analogous to people going to work, school, or out into a society that may be so hostile as to actually cause the demise of some of its participants.
The moth has gone there in search of the juice of heal-all flower and spider has gone there in search of the moth. In other words, it's not a comforting thought to think that God went out of his way just to make sure this moth got eaten. It is a typical poem of Frost, because an ordinary experience of life is turned into extraordinary. To me the poem talks about how, as im sure previosuly said in post. These choices can cause unhappiness and regret. Discuss what this stanza contributes to the poem as a whole.
Birds provide a voice for the natural world to communicate with humans. It may be a physical victory — the spider has killed his dinner — but there exists an underlying question of moral victory, which is a strictly human phenomenon. Note that appall has as its root a latin word which means 'to pale. In addition to the sonnet's strict rhyme scheme, the sonnet also follows iambic pentameter, which means each line is ten syllables, five unstressed syllables and five stressed syllables. The speaker sees this bizarre little albino meeting as some weird witches' brew, as all three are brought together for some awful reason. Robert Frost tries in his own way to interpret irreversible decisions that overturn the established order of things.
Lionel's may not be an entirely fair or an appropriate description of Frost's poetry but the fact remains that Frost is far more realistic and blunt in stating the truth than most other poets. But he seems inclined to think it is. In his poem he meant that nothing will ever last. What but design of darkness to appall? I agree with what many think of this poem as to Frost just might be trying to open our eyes to the smaller things in lifes rather than the bigger things that we pay more attion to. Here the poet uses this to introduce us to an innocent looking deadly spider holding a moth presumably dead onto a background of life giving flower. Work allows his speakers to understand themselves and the world around them.
Few poems by Frost are more perfectly and surely composed, few where the figure in the mind and in the ear are better matched. If there is, Frost challenges the common belief that the Creator God is a good god, not an evil one or non-existent. By bringing all these white things together, the speaker is trying to highlight the food chain lying in the nature. Things are light and then dark; things are fated but accidental; things are similar to each other, but also different. Every decision is a choice about which road people would like to travel down. This poems further shows that there is evil in what seems to be good world even though the world really is an evil place in my opinion. It is a panacea for many different ills in herbal medicine so the fact that the spider is sitting on this plant suggests there is a benevolent relationship between the two? Posted on 2010-10-05 by a guest.
The moth has a worse fate as it is added to the broth as if it were an insignificant torn up paper kite, just a pair of dead wings. This word painting ties the words together, completing the statement of the individual line and contributing to the musical feel of the poem. The beginning of the poem seems somewhat innocent in the way that nature is described, because it is a commonly accepted fact that spiders eat insects. And how come the spider got to just the right height in time and space? Frost also makes changes to the traditional sonnet form that work to throw the reader off balance and echo the bewilderment and eventual shock of the poet. One of the moths purposes' is to feed the spider and that's just the order of life. In the case of the flower, it is the perception of the speaker that is called into question.
Frost, a stickler for convention in his form and meter, has done away with tradition and left the octet unresolved. I believe that a little expalaination of this is needed. The spider is bloated and dimpled, both the spider and the flower are a sickly white rather than their usual colors, and the moth is pictured as if it were some sort of funeral linen. In other words, people learn from nature because nature allows people to gain knowledge about themselves and because nature requires people to reach for new insights, but nature itself does not provide answers. Did they just show up by coincidence, or is there something out there orchestrating these events? Each one has been bound to the other by these unique and pre-determined circumstances. If it does not, does God's design apply to the actions of people? He bowed down his head to that call of God. Then why the crime incident occured? More direct indictments of a contradictory, malevolent Designer appear in several other images in the poem.
The poem focuses around the way that all of humanity is necessarily cruel. Not what we expected, is it? The beady spider, the flower like a froth, And the moth carried like a paper kite. The speaker sees white, a freak of nature, because the actual heal-all is blue, the color of revelation. Sometimes beginning with the exposure of a flaw, A self contained, powered, icy, fiery gem emitting light beyond time, beyond any measure like space itself. Her hardest hue to hold. And this fear mixes with surrealism in the fifth line, an echo of a breakfast commercial coming through as the three 'ingredients' are likened to a broth, no ordinary broth it turns out. Design is, beyond doubt, a difficult and ambiguous poem.
Why don't the Good God save the moth from spider? That is to say, does God's worldly design apply to something as minute as the workings of a spider? This sonnet starts off innocently enough, the steady iambic rhythm, familiar and safe, taking the first person speaker outdoors, where a slightly unusual spider is discovered on a wild flower, called a heal-all. What but design of darkness to appall? Frost's traditional sonnet is a metaphor for the narrator, in his own way, trying to control and understand nature's chaos. It is bad enough to believe that we are condemned to abide amidst uncertainties; it is even worse to suspect that those uncertainties harbor danger, that the universe is not only unknowable but treacherous. If design govern in a thing so small' drives home the viewpoint that there may be no 'design,' or God, watching over us at all. Posted on 2009-04-22 by a guest. It is a clarification of what the narrator does and is a description of the way that the world can be a cruel place, although it is necessary for all things to survive.