Analysis Of Emily Dickinson 's ' A Narrow Fellow '

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A Puzzle for Critics Slithering and hissing while traveling through a grassy garden seems to be what
“A Narrow Fellow” is doing in one of Emily Dickinson’s most well-known poems. However, this poem has proved to be more of an ambiguous puzzle rather than a simple poem depicting a beautifully painted picture of nature. It was one of very few poems that were published during Dickinson’s lifetime. Though this poem seems to be symbolic of something much deeper than the love and appreciation of nature, one cannot help but feel lost in the simplistic words and beautiful imagery and metaphors that Dickinson uses to draw her readers in. Her use of these things creates closeness between the reader, the narrator, and the snake while at the same time creating a paradox between the three. Though Dickinson creates closeness the distance she creates within the poem, using the same techniques, is equally important to the puzzle. This poem can be viewed as a small window that gives its readers a glimpse into Dickinson’s very private life and personal views of her critics, her writing and publication of her work. The first stanza introduces “a narrow Fellow in the Grass” that “Occasionally rides-.”
(Line 1-2) Dickinson personifies the snake and addresses him as a fellow which creates a closeness between the narrator, the reader, and the snake. Rather than being fearful of the snake, the reader, at first, feels a human connection. It allows the tone of the poem to…
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