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Why does Robert Frost object to the design regarding the spider and the moth "Design"?...

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usagolsem | College Teacher | Honors

Posted September 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM via web

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Why does Robert Frost object to the design regarding the spider and the moth "Design"? Does he see the design as made by the Almighty or as made by something else?

Design
by Robert Frost

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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usagolsem | College Teacher | Honors

Posted October 12, 2013 at 4:17 AM (Answer #4)

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Every creature in this world has its own design as given by God. Here design means one's mode of its survival by luring other creatures who are its preys. Such design is even used by a small spider in capturing the moth, its prey. Taking itself as camouflage on the white flower of the heal all, the spider changes the blue plant into white and traps the moth that perches up the plant with no aware of the presence of the spider. Like the spider, such kind of design is associated among the human beings for their sustenance which is remain unseen and unnotice. And the poet wonders on this God's disgraceful and mysterious design.I hope this question can be arisen for these explanation. 

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