He basically admits he isn't sure what really is in the background of our existence, and doesn't try to cover up the uncertainty with rosy affirmations and cliches, after the manner of a coward. The first eight lines make up one stanza, while the second stanza is six lines. Do I use the word aright? The moth is holding onto a flower because it knows that it is going to be eaten by the spider, but there is nothing that the moth can do because the spider is a fierce predator that is going after its meal. In 1895, Frost married Elinor Miriam White, whom he'd shared valedictorian honors with in high school and who was a major inspiration for his poetry until her death in 1938. I believe that Frost is saying that it is incredibly unlikely that these three things - a white flower, a white spider, and a white moth - came together just by random chance.
Therefore, don't be fooled by the seeming playfulness of the poem's opening. Humanity is vulnerable as the moth in the poem. Sometimes beginning with the exposure of a flaw, A self contained, powered, icy, fiery gem emitting light beyond time, beyond any measure like space itself. Although he never graduated from college, Frost received over 40 honorary degrees, including ones from , and universities, and was the only person to receive two honorary degrees from. The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume 1, 1886—1920.
One cannot find meaning satisfying enough as we do with lesser poets because comprehension alone relegates his poem to the past. And it happens to be deceptively deep. The reader is carried along by a smooth, hypnotising rhythm, which can lull one into superficial, careless reading. This suggests that there is no definitive black and white answer to the questions of design or no design? It's that the white spider just happened to be standing on the white flower. Note the word kindred which means that the flower and the spider shared the same spirit; they were in relation to one another when the unfortunate moth came along.
All in all i think that the whole meaning of this is that in reality nothing is perfect and in every life theres a death. The final line then brings uncertainty but the word 'govern' implies that there is a power in charge somehow, in some way, pulling the strings. This makes the poem all interesting and unique, it leaves the readers with nothing but critical thinking and a desire to figure out the whole essence of the poem. Posted on 2009-02-08 by a guest. Frost gives us a pretty little flower called a heal-all. In addition to the sonnet's strict rhyme scheme, the sonnet also follows iambic pentameter, which means each line is ten syllables, five unstressed syllables and five stressed syllables. The heal-all is a flower with medicinal properties.
While humans might learn about themselves through nature, nature and its ways remain mysterious. There is nothing life-enhancing about anything in this piece of nature. The position was created by Joint Resolution R-59 of the Acts of 1961, which designated Robert Frost state poet laureate. It is a panacea for many different ills in herbal medicine so the fact that the spider is sitting on this plant suggests there is a benevolent relationship between the two? The flower holds the moth, but nothing can stop the dark forces of nature, or in this case, the hungry spider. No other living poet has written so well about the actions of ordinary men; his wonderful dramatic monologues or dramatic scenes come out of a knowledge of people that few poets have had, and they are written in a verse that uses, sometimes with absolute mastery, the rhythms of actual speech. A rhyming couplet is the last two lines of a sonnet and generally serves to wrap up the poem's overall theme.
This poem brings light to the hidden evils in the world and that if you aren't careful you can be caught into them. What had that flower to do with being white, The wayside blue and innocent heal-all? Frost is just doing what he's been doing to us the whole way through the poem—not letting us get comfortable with a straightforward interpretation. Up to this point, the scientist-poet has only permitted himself the emotional shock of the elements presented for his examination and he accepts them as specimens at random. This is way too weird to be just a coincidence, right? We start line 5 with a verb that immediately changes our perception from line 4. Insofar as he speaks through an amalgam of senses and sure experience so that his poetry seems a nostalgic memory with overtones touching some conceivable future, he speaks better than most of us. They eventually forecast his downfall, undermining the concept of freewill, implying that there is some grand design behind all life. Perhaps the strongest association to the bible is the use of the word thither, which means to or towards a certain place.
Having graduated, she agreed, and they were married at Lawrence, Massachusetts on December 19, 1895. Posted on 2010-10-05 by a guest. Harvard University Press imprint; 848 pages; second volume of the series. Later poems return the focus to solitude, exploring how encounters and community only heighten loneliness and isolation. Birds provide a voice for the natural world to communicate with humans. This poems further shows that there is evil in what seems to be good world even though the world really is an evil place in my opinion.
Imagery is the holding catalyst between the reader and the text Authors implement imagery into their works for a reader to better visualize what's happening in a text. In this case, the moth is probably already dead, maybe from spider venom. And this white-as-snow spider and it's flower like froth, and the dead wings of the sacrificing moth carrying through like a kite. What had that flower to do with being white, The wayside blue and innocent heal-all? Posted on 2010-03-13 by a guest. Everything he did, he did on purpose.