Connect "Design" with another Frost poem about nature. How are they similar and different?

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You can compare this poem to "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," which is set in nature: a dark, snowy night in the woods near a farmhouse.   

Both poems use sensory imagery, which Frost uses every effectively.  For example, there is the "fat, dimpled spider" in "Design."  Other images are the flower, which is "like a froth," and the moth, which is "a white piece of rigid satin cloth."  In "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," Frost uses such images as the horse shaking the bells around his neck to signify that it is ready to move on and is wondering why the narrator has stopped in the snowy night.  He also uses the sensory images like "The only other sound's the sweep/Of easy wind and downy flake." 

Both poems also contain a narrator who has stopped in nature to observe a particular scene:  a spider that has killed a moth in "Design" and a farmhouse in the woods on a snowy evening in "Stopping by Woods..."  

They are different in that they have different themes.  In "Design," Frost mocks the notion that every single thing that happens is by design, like the spider that catches the moth.  In "Stopping by Woods...," Frost addresses self-reflection as the narrator of the poem has stopped in the woods while on a journey to reflect about something unknown.