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Design (Sonnet)

One of American poet Robert Frost’s most famous works, “Design” is a sonnet that captures the moment when the poet encountered a white flower containing a white spider that is holding a dead white moth. The poem has engendered a variety of interpretations, both pessimistic and optimistic.

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Frost, Robert (Subject)
  • Design AND Frost (Keyword)

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3511 .R94 – PS3511 .R94 Z92543 (ROW 39)

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bloom, Harold. Robert Frost. 2011.

                    Call Number:  PS3511 .R94 Z91595 2011 *(See pp. 11, 47-49, 52, 53, 54-55, 56, 57-58)

  • DeFusco, Andrea, ed. Readings on Robert Frost. 1999.

                     Call Number:  PS3511 .R94 Z6145 1999 *(See pp. 51, 123-127)

  • Fagan, Deirdre. Robert Frost: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. 2007.

                     Call Number:  PS3511 .R94 Z6425 2007 *(See pp. 65, 84, 85, 86-88, 131, 194, 225, 248, 290, 370, 384, 396,)

  • Faggen, Robert. The Cambridge Introduction to Robert Frost. 2008.

                     Call Number:  PS3511 .R94 Z5595 2008 *(See pp. 113, 117-119, 128, 168, 170)

  • Faggen, Robert. Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin. 2001.

                     Call Number:  PS3511 .R94 Z643 2001 *(See pp. 14, 24, 32, 46, 53, 85, 310)

  • Hall, Dorothy Judd. Robert Frost: Contours of Belief. 1984.

                      Call Number:  PS3511 .R94 Z74 1984. *(See pp. xx, 53, 69-71)

  • Hass, Robert Bernard. Going by Contraries: Robert Frost’s Conflict with Science. 2002.

                      Call Number:  PS3511 .R94 Z743 2002 *(See pp. 13, 19, 35, 60-64, 70, 73, 192n41)

  • Maxson, H.A. On the Sonnets of Robert Frost. 2005.

                      Call Number:  PS3511 .R94 Z7857 2005 *(See pp. 12, 19, 32, 67, 68, 71, 72, 73, 89-94, 95, 96, 97, 103, 106, 108, 111, 130, 134, 142)

Reference Materials

  •  Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800.Call Number:  REF PN86 .L53

o Vol. 10, pp. 12, 26, 32, 36, 49, 52, 54, 57-58

o Vol. 24, pp. 153-154, 183, 206

o Vol. 91, pp. 4, 15, 32, 40, 47, 62, 91, 104-105,111

  • Masterplots II:  Poetry Series (Revised Edition). Call Number:  REF PN1110.5 .M37 2002

o Vol. 3, pp. 1569-1571

  • Poetry Criticism. –  Call Number:  REF PN1112 .P752 1998

o Vol. 1, pp. 125, 131-133, 147, 152-154

o Vol. 43, pp. 128, 133

Research Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.

  • Academic One File
  • Academic Search Complete
  • Grangers World Poetry
  • Literary Reference Center Plus
  • Literature Criticism Online
  • Literature Resources from Gale
  • Salem Literature

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check the LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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Last Revised on May 8, 2012

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