Essay about The Evolving Poetry of Robert Frost

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Robert Frost wrote a poem – twice. The early version of the poem, “In White,” created a simple scene filled with anomalies. For some reason, years later the work beckoned for further attention. The poet complied and skillfully enhanced the work, rendering a finished poem that exceeds the scope of the original. Both versions of the Frost’s poem send a nuanced message to the thoughtful reader. While vague and open to interpretation, that message invites debate, an introspective feast. The poem “Design” demonstrates polished superiority through Frost’s mastery of imagery, amplified by devices, and unburdened language. Initially, an explication provides an understanding of the internal workings of the finished poem, to identify the …show more content…
Cast in a new light, the players turn sinister. Described in line five as, “Mixed ready to begin the morning right, / Like the ingredients of a witches’ broth?—” they transform into repugnant misfits. Simply listing the three entities, a white spider, a dead moth, and a white heal-all, conjures a wicked array of items for a bubbling caldron. Still the poet maneuvers to comfort the reader with another simile softened by the use of witches’ “broth” instead of the usual brew. By the end of the octave, (lines seven and eight), doubts about the motive of the spider continue to fall away with, “The snow-drop spider, the flower like a froth, / “And dead wings carried like a paper kite.” The image of a rabid frothy flower bodes evil coupled with an animated impression of the playful predator. And so, with the final six lines, begins the serious questioning: “What had that flower to do with being white, / The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?” The white heal-all flower, normally a lively blue, became the perfect observation post for the now chameleon-like spider, hiding in plain sight. Almost sadistically, the poet leans upon nature’s whims as he queried, “What brought the kindred spider to that height?” / Then steered the white moth thither in the night?” (11, 12) Thus, he describes a creature related to its environment; alike in color, which creates the attracting light. Finally, lines thirteen and fourteen pose two more

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