I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,
On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth--
Assorted characters of death and blight
Mixed ready to begin the morning right,
Like the ingredients of a witches' broth--
A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth,
And dead wings carried like a paper kite.
What had that flower to do with being white,
The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?
What brought the kindred spider to that height,
Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
What but design of darkness to appall?--
If design govern in a thing so small.
Faith & Hope
the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words appearing in succession
a question asked for effect, not necessarily to be answered
correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry
words used to invoke the five senses (vision, hearing, taste, touch, smell)
a comparison between two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”