History[ edit ] Frost spent the years to in England, where among his acquaintances was the writer Edward Thomas. Thomas and Frost became close friends and took many walks together. Thomas took the poem seriously and personally, and it may have been significant in Thomas' decision to enlist in World War I. Thomas was killed two years later in the Battle of Arras.
The language of man follows things and imitates them; the Word of God precedes and creates them. Man speaks because things are; but these are because God hath spoken. Let Him speak again, and things will revert together with man who speaks of them, to nothing. Let us be content to perceive in creation a character which belongs only to God, and which distinguishes His work from that of His creatures.
The human mind works only with the materials with which God supplies it; it observes, imitates, combines, but does not create. The best painter in the world, composing the most beautiful picture that ever proceeded from the hand of man, creates nothing: Trace to the origin of each of the several things which have combined to form this picture, and you will find that all the channels from which they came, converge towards, and meet in the Creator, who is God.
In thus showing us from its first page that the visible world has had such a wonderful beginning, the Bible informs us that it is also as a Creator that God saves souls.
He not only develops the natural dispositions of our hearts, but creates in them new ones, "For we are labourers together with God"; but labourers working like the painter, with what God has given to us.
We hear, read, seek, believe, pray, but even these come from God. Paul to the Ephesians, "to put off the old man, to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and to put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
The Old uses the same language. Not only does David, rising from his fall, pray in these words by the Spirit: If He alternately deals out to them good and bad fortune — He creates.
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I, the Lord, do all these things" Isaiah If He tries them for a time by chastising them through the hands of their enemies, He creates: If He raises up prophets to them, He creates: The creation of the world affords us a new lesson as to the manner in which God acts in the dispensation of grace.
There again, all that God makes is good, and very good; what is evil proceeds from another source. For all that is good and holy, let us ascribe the glory to God; for what is evil let us accuse ourselves.
This doctrine, too, is necessary in order that you should not make a false application of what you have just heard respecting the sovereignty of God. He acts as Creator, we should say in things which belong to His government, but He only uses this sovereign power for good; He only gives birth to good thoughts, holy desires and dispositions, consistent with salvation.
God creates, but how does He create? At first view we only see here the sovereign Lord, alone at first in His eternity, alone afterwards in the work of creation.
But a more deliberate contemplation leads us to discern in this singleness a certain mysterious union of persons previously hidden in the depths of the Divine nature, and displaying itself at the creation, as it was to be manifested at a later period in the redemption of our race.
And have you the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost? The Three unite in the creation of the world; they unite in the redemption of man; are they also united within you? Are you born of the Father, and become His children? Are you washed in the blood, of the Son, and become members of His body?
Are you baptized with the Spirit, and become His temples?
Ponder upon these things; for it is not a vain thing for you, because it is your life. Finally, God creates, but for what purpose? No, He has nobler designs. The Lord has created all things for His glory, and His first object is to render visible the invisible things hidden within Himself, by giving them a body, and, if one may so speak, by exhibiting them in the form of flesh.
How often might a man, after he had jumbled a set of letters in a bag, fling them upon the ground before they would fall into an exact poem, yea, or so much as make a good discourse in prose! And may not a little book be as easily made by chance as this great volume of the world?
How long might a man be in sprinkling colours upon a canvas with a careless hand before they could happen to make the exact picture of a man?
And is a man easier made by chance than his picture? How long might twenty thousand blind men, which should be sent out from the several remote parts of England, wander up and down before they would all meet in Salisbury Plains, and fall into rank and file in the exact order of an army?
And yet this is much more easy to be imagined than how the innumerable blind parts of matter should rendezvous themselves into a world. Chance not creative Athanasius Kircher, the celebrated German astronomer, had an acquaintance whom he much esteemed, but who was unfortunately infected by atheistical principles, and denied the very existence of a God.The night can either be a friend to the content, or a foe to the lonely.
Robert Frost's "Acquainted With The Night" is a beautiful poem of a lonely man and his relationship with the night.
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According to Shakespeare, “brevity is the soul of wit.” According to a popular expression, “slow and steady wins the race.” No need to do a verse-by-verse analysis — this is the entire poem. And despite its small size, it says a lot.
His first published poem, "My Butterfly," appeared on November 8, , in the New York newspaper The Independent. In , 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 + free ebooks online.
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His first published poem, "My Butterfly," appeared on November 8, , in the New York newspaper The Independent. In , 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 + free ebooks online. Did you know that you can help us produce ebooks by proof-reading just one page a day? Go to: Distributed Proofreaders. POETRY ANALYSIS: DESIGN Robert Frost's poem Design seemingly disputes the question whether there is a design to life; yet, he is not able to establish an answer.
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