in the spider? The design of the this plan is too dark to appeal, if “design” governed the whole thing, mentioned in line 14. 4. Frost’s poem is much more blunt in its point. It is only two stanzas long, and it is more argumentative than anything. “To a waterfowl” is much more spiritual, as the speaker takes us
2 there to experience the waterfowl circling above our heads. We feel at one with this waterfowl, as contrasted in this poem, we merely feel that we are observing a scene of horror. 107. The Indifferent 2. The speaker is man speaking to a general audience about the topic of cheating. He will be indifferent to any woman, as long as she has one desirable quality. That quality is the quality of “not being true”. He wants this in a lover because he believes that it is human nature to cheat on individuals, even Venus has proved this story. So therefore, he wants a lover that will not even promise disappointment. Up front, he knows that his lover will not be faithful. 3. To him, the vice is that women of his generation are true. He jokes that their mothers were not true to whatever lovers they had, and it “served [their] turn”, implying that everything turned all right with them. 4.Venus goes to investigate the speaker’s claim because Venus has “heard” the speaker’s song. To his credit, the speaker is confirmed by what Venus finds. The “heretics in love” happen to be those that are true to each other. They establish a “danger constancy”, which really is a good thing but not in this poem. The punishment that she doles out for these lovers is that if they will be true to their lovers, their lover will become “false to you”. 108. Love’s Deity 2. The modern “god of love” is Cupid. He is called a “child” because of the tyranny he puts on the speaker. A child would become careless with who feels his tyranny. The speaker longs to talk with some lover’s ghost before this god was born to discover how the times were before the God is born. Our speaker is faced with a dilemma that seems to be only caused by the new God of Love. he longs for a time where this god did not exist, and that is why he hopes to talk to this ghost. 3.The speaker’s situation is that he loves a woman who does not love him back. he is cursed by the current god of love, as if he did not exist, he would be loved back from his woman. However in the last stanza, he begins to call himself an atheist if such a scenario were to present itself. He believes that if the girl were to love him equally, it would be worth than if she were to hate him, as the girl would become unfaithful to her first love.
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