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? All these three white creatures and flower are brought together for some terrible reason. An earlier 1963 study by the poet spoke to the distinction of Frost as a poet whose verse soars more for the difficulty and skill by which he attains his final visions, than for the philosophical purity of the visions themselves. In the second part of the poem, Frost raises up philosophical questions that seemed to be unanswerable and leaves the readers to conclude upon it. Frost's mother died of in 1900. He basically admits he isn't sure what really is in the background of our existence, and doesn't try to cover up the uncertainty with rosy affirmations and cliches, after the manner of a coward. What if—gulp—there's no design at all, and everything in life is just totally random occurrences? Frost's tone is deftly controlled throughout, with the poet's serious point balanced nicely by the parodic language of the first stanza.
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. Anthology of Modern American Poetry. First there is the very correct iambic on line four in exactly ten syllables, every other one of which must be stressed, a little as in doggerel. What had that flower to do with being white, The wayside blue and innocent heal-all? Sponsored Links A Further Range1936I 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. The spider, fattened by a previous victim, holds a dead white moth like a rigid piece of satin cloth or a rigid waxy corpse in a coffin. It is not surprising that a poet should feel menaced by a comet or the ocean; these represent nature at its most massive, and might well be expected to instill a sense of human fragility. This spider might sound at first like a sweet cartoony spider, but look closer.
What had that flower to do with being white, The wayside blue and innocent heal-all? 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? Although Pound would become the first American to write a favorable review of Frost's work, Frost later resented Pound's attempts to manipulate his American prosody. The woods around are also snow covered, as they should be. The terrible reason is a dark design of death or we can say the food chain in a positive term. Posted on 2010-02-08 by a guest. The Phi Beta Kappa Key. Then why the crime incident occured? Only the moth is real and white; the spider is creating an illusion by being disguised as white, and the heal-all normally blue-violet is a medicinal herb which has become the foil for entrapment, and ultimately death. I'm curious if anyone can tell me the significance of Frost using positive words in negative connotations.
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. If it was, then what sort of evil design is it to be caught in a circle of death and insignificance as represented by the spider and moth. Consider, for example, the daring use of the same end-rhymes, half the total number on a single sound. In other words, we are all products of these natural forces, not spiritual design. In this case, the moth is probably already dead, maybe from spider venom. By the time Frost returned to the United States in 1915, he had published two full-length collections, A Boy's Will Henry Holt and Company, 1913 and North of Boston Henry Holt and Company, 1914 , and his reputation was established.
The nature has designed us to be interdependent. We start line 5 with a verb that immediately changes our perception from line 4. His poem shifts from an innocent opening about a flower and a moth to a darker tone when he mentions the rigid satin cloth. The moth and the spider become a symbol for humanity. Also as our narrator further evaluates the situation, it is seen the question of shouldn't we all be frightened by design of darkness since design is in everything, even so small. A heal-all flower was originally thought to possess healing qualities so this symbolizes the good things in the world as well as the innocent white moth and plus white symbolizes purity. Although known for his later association with rural life, Frost grew up in the city, and he published his first poem in his high school's magazine.
In this two stanza poem, Frost uses this image as a metaphor for the world made in God's image and the evil that seems to have infiltrated it. For example: I found a dimpled spider, fat and white, The stresses come right after the non-stressed syllables so creating a kind of lilt. It's that the white spider just happened to be standing on the white flower. Autoplay next video 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. No other living poet has written so well about the actions of ordinary men; his wonderful dramatic monologues or dramatic scenes come out of a knowledge of people that few poets have had, and they are written in a verse that uses, sometimes with absolute mastery, the rhythms of actual speech. The reader is carried along by a smooth, hypnotising rhythm, which can lull one into superficial, careless reading. This does seem like a set-up.
Trees function as boundary spaces, where moments of connection or revelation become possible. In a series of negatives and outraged rhetorical questions, he demands reasons for the strange combinations of existence. Even in a heal-all plant, where it is supposed to be ''good and safe'', there is a spider, camouflaged in the beauty of the plant, and seeks to take advantage of the moth. Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four. A satin cloth is very smooth and light weighted, hence it flutters in air very much. And Frost is delighting in the way he can wring an unexpected turn of meaning from the Classical argument from design. The Poetry of Robert Frost: Constellations of Intention by Reuben A.
This irony further informs the metaphor, and this the meaning of this image. We keep the 'A' rhyme from the first stanza in the first, third and fourth lines, and introduce a new rhyme in the second, fifth and sixth lines. This, in effect, is the irresolution of 'For Once, Then, Something' returned with a vengeance, since on the borders of it now hovers a sense of fear. Up to this point, the scientist-poet has only permitted himself the emotional shock of the elements presented for his examination and he accepts them as specimens at random. By bringing all these white things together, the speaker is trying to highlight the food chain lying in the nature. Longer dramatic poems explore how people isolate themselves even within social contexts.