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In "Design" and "Tree at My Window", how is Frost shown to be capable of inspiring a wide range of emotions and metaphors in only a few lines? How does this ability of his speak of the potency of these poems?

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In his sonnet "Design ," Frost describes the fatal convergence of a white moth, a white flower, and a white spider. The image is stunning, combining death, life and beauty in a carefully observed moment. It wraps them in a single hue, and leads the poem's speaker to wonder whether there is some sort of divine design in this tableau. The economy of the poem is striking and potent, as the form limits Frost to...

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