The theme of "Design" by Robert Frost is a philosophical questioning of God's role as creator in designing the functions of nature, according to Humanities 360's Kerry Michael Wood. During the 1920s, one of the biggest arguments in support of God's existence was that nature testified to a greater intelligence through its design.Know More
Other poets, such as Bryant in his poem "To a Waterfowl," use nature as evidence of God as creator and designer. Bryant's poem is reassuring; meanwhile, Frost's theme in "Design" is more skeptical in nature. A running theme throughout much of Frost's poetry, states Ken Sanes, is a joking with and questioning of God.
According to S. Spachman, another theme-constructing device Frost employs is the blurring of traditional connotations on words such as "white." Through the new context of this word, Frost questions what is good or bad and light and dark. Frost also questions what makes the "characters" in the poem act as they do. Is it an evil God? The poem appears to suggest a dark force at work, until the last line. The last line brings in the elements of doubt and the question of design with the carefully picked words "if" and "small": "If design govern in a thing so small" (line 14).Learn more about Poetry
Robert Frost's "Choose Something Like a Star" is a plea for confirmation that man is not alone in the universe. The surprising mix of religion and science in the poem is a statement about humanity's desperation for that discovery.Full Answer >
"Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost is a poem in which the narrator questions whether the world will end in either fire or ice and states that both are equal. The poem contains nine lines and is found in the 1923 book "New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes."Full Answer >
The poem "Birches" by Robert Frost is about birch trees in a forest and what causes the limbs to arch and bend. The author initially imagines that the arches are caused by a young boy swinging on the branches.Full Answer >
Robert Frost's "Fire and Ice" discusses the question of whether the end of the world will come in ice or fire, and while that question is part of the meaning, so is the question as to whether cold or heat is the more painful, not just in terms of destruction but also emotion and pain. It is possible to explore the difference between the two on a number of levels based on the text of his poem.Full Answer >