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.Continue Reading
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 poem "My Butterfly" draws a parallel between a butterfly the narrator is mourning the death of and the author himself, focusing on the joyfulness he felt the summer he first saw the butterfly to the sorrow he feels after the butterfly's death. Frost's agnostic beliefs present themselves in the text.Full Answer >
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 >
Poems about autumn written by Robert Frost include "October" and "My November Guest." Another work, "Gathering Leaves," talks about the fall chore of collecting fallen leaves for disposal.Full Answer >
The theme of Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken," centers around the narrator being faced with two choices and making a decision of which is best. The speaker in the poem talks of coming upon two roads and having to decide which one to take. Whether the roads are literal or represent a fork in the road of life, similarities exist in the decision-making process.Full Answer >