Essay Emily Dickinsons Use of Nature

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Emily Dickinsons Use of Nature

Dickinson’s Use of Nature

Emily Dickinson uses nature as a major theme in a lot of her poetry. Quite often, Dickinson overlaps the theme of nature with the theme of death as well as love and sexuality, which were the other major themes in her work. Dickinson describes nature in many different ways. She uses is to describe her surroundings and what she sees as well as a metaphor for other themes.

In Dickinson’s poem, “A narrow Fellow in the Grass”, she describes a snake moving through the grass. Dickinson writes, “A narrow Fellow in the Grass/ Occasionally rides-/ You may have met him- did you not/ His notice sudden is-/ The Grass divides as with a Comb-”.

She describes the shape of the
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Here, she is stating that she, in a sense, feels bad for people that have never witnessed the phenomenon that she has witnessed. She knows that it can be quite frightening but still an amazing sight to see.

In the poem “It bloomed and dropt, a single Noon”, Dickinson describes the blooming, dying and re-blooming of a flower. She wrote, “It bloomed and dropt, a Single Noon-/ The Flower- distinct and Red-/ I, passing thought another Noon/ Another in its stead/ Will equal glow, and thought no More”. Here, she explains how it happens so suddenly and so often that no one really notices it or even thinks about it all that much.

Dickinson continues the poem by berating herself for not stopping to look at the flower long enough. She writes, “To find the Species disappeared-/ The Same Locality-/ The Sun in place- no other fraud/ On Nature’s perfect Sum-/ Had I but lingered Yesterday-/ Was my retrieveless blame-”. She wishes that she had taken more time to look at the flower while it was still there, before it died and an another flower reborn.

In the poem “A Bird came down the Walk-”, Dickinson describes seeing a bird in her travels. She writes, “A Bird came down the Walk-/ He did not know I saw-/ He bit an Angleworm in halves/ And ate the fellow, raw,/ And then he drank a Dew/ From a convenient
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