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Explain the poem "Design" by Robert Frost line by line. What is the the theme?

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Robert Frost worked on the poem “Design” for several years before first publishing it in 1922, and he tweaked it afterwards, ultimately including it in his 1936 collection A Further Range. The poem is a deceptively simple 14-line sonnet that takes up a huge question as its theme: if there is intelligent design in the universe, then why does that design include dark and dangerous forces? Frost uses the example of a spider perched on a flower, having caught a moth. Yet the implication is much deeper than that, obliquely raising questions about the existence of evil, pain, and destruction.

The poem is divided into two parts, like many sonnets are. The first eight lines describe a “dimpled spider,...

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