Emily Dickinson Poem analysis Ernie Chapin November 4,2011 Block 4 Honors English III
Emily Dickinson WHO ROBBED THE WOODS WHO robbed the woods, The trusting woods? The unsuspecting trees Brought out their burrs and mosses His fantasy to please. He scanned their trinkets, curious, He grasped, he bore away. What will the solemn hemlock, What will the fir-tree say?
Analysis and Relation She means that people are destroy nature and the forest disappearing are the symbol that she uses to illustrate this point. She also says how the trees were unsuspecting and innocent but had no control of what was to happen. The picture relates to the poem because it is dark and the trees are starting to disappear or be stolen from the forest. It also sets a dark and depressing mood which is what Dickinson wants when she tells this poem. It shows how this is a sad event that should be stopped.
Wild Nights – Wild Nights! Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) Were I with thee Wild Nights should be Our luxury! Futile – the Winds – To a Heart in port – Done with the Compass – Done with the Chart! Rowing in Eden – Ah, the Sea! Might I but moor – Tonight – In Thee!
Why This Poem ? I think Dickinson is trying to say or explain how she wants to just travel on the ocean for the night. Traveling on the ocean is like her luxury. She enjoys the ocean, and she is not using a compass.
Imagery Imagery is a big part of the poem. She paints you a picture of what the ocean looks like. Examples : the wind, rowing in eden, and ah the sea ! Example : To a Heart in port – Done with the Compass – Done with the Chart! - I think that she means to her love at port, or land, that she is not using a compass so she will not know where she will go. This paints a picture in my mind of her rowing away and leaving her love at port.
Picture and Poem ? In the picture you can see the winds, the ocean, and it was dark just like Dickinson described in the poem. I feel this picture fits the poem best because it just flows. The feel you get from reading the poem is the image that the picture is.
The Poem Hope Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune--without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I've heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me.
Analysis of the Poem In the poem, “Hope is the thing with feathers” Emily Dickinson creates an image of the feathers of a bird to hope. She is also comparing our souls to the nest of a bird, so the poem is a comparison to a bird. Next she is saying that hope never goes away, it is everlasting. The 5 th line states that hope is strongest during hard times, and keeps us going through them. The next 3 lines say that the people who destroy hope, the thing that comforts most, are really hurting themselves. The last four lines mean that hope is found all around the world and it is free.
Analysis of the Poem cont. Emily Dickinson accomplishes her by using an overall comparison of hope to a bird to help get a better understanding of hope. She compares our souls to a nest or perch. She compares the feathers that enable flight to hope that enables us to fly or persevere. The birds song represents everlasting hope. The storm represents a destroyer of hope (a person full of negativity and tries to spread their negativity to others) and the gale represents the problems we face. Personification- a living bird to non-living hope Metaphor- the gale to the hardships of life Symbolism- feathers to hope, feathers help a bird fly, hope helps us persevere.
How the Image Relates to the Poem This image of a dove in the sky, symbolizes hope. I chose this picture because a dove is always associated with hope. It relates to the poem in the fact that Emily Dickinson uses a bird (the thing with feathers) as an image of hope.
“Nature” is what we see " Nature" is what we see— The Hill—the Afternoon— Squirrel—Eclipse—the Bumble bee— Nay—Nature is Heaven— Nature is what we hear— The Bobolink—the Sea— Thunder—the Cricket— Nay—Nature is Harmony— Nature is what we know— Yet have no art to say— So impotent Our Wisdom is To her Simplicity. By Emily Dickinson
What does she mean? To me, Dickinson is trying to convey that nature itself is simple and peaceful. She is saying that all of these simple, everyday images and sounds come together to create that overall simplicity. Little things we overlook all the time, squirrels in the front yard or the croon of the crickets at dusk create the simple, peaceful tranquility of Nature.
How does she accomplish her meaning? Dickinson capitalizes simple things we sometime take for granted. It makes those images and sounds stand out, to make them more pronounced. She states that “Nature is Heaven” and “Nature is Harmony” and to me, that is peace. So it’s peaceful, and it’s simple at the same time. She states that no matter how smart we are or how much Wisdom we have, it is nothing compared to Nature’s simplicity.
What images does she use? Dickinson uses many images in this poem. “The Hill- the Afternoon-” For me, I can imagine a vast prairie, with tall green grass blowing. And off in the distance I see a hill, perhaps the small children play on it, in the sunny summer afternoon. “Squirrel-Eclipse-the Bumble bee-” I can just see the squirrels scurrying around the tree trunks, just a glimpse of an Eclipse, and the annoying Bumble bee buzzing around my head. So many images in this poem conjure up pictures so vivid in my mind, despite the one word she states for the image.
How does she use the images? I think the last two lines of the poem could be considered a paradox. “So impotent Our Wisdom is -To her Simplicity” People would find it contradictory, unless they read it more carefully maybe they would come to a different understanding of those two lines.
How does my image relate to the poem? The image I chose relates to the poem because of its simple elegance. In the poem, Dickinson says “The Hill” and “the Sea” in the image I chose, it has green grass going down toward the bank of a calm and tranquil lake. You can see the breathtaking lavender tress off in the distance, across the lake. The wide blue sky above with clouds rolling by. When you first see the image, it looks like simple nature. My point being is that after you study it, you will see how all of the things tie together to create the overall theme of simplicity.
Further Analysis Emily Dickinson was no doubt a Transcendentalist. I can tell by her overall infatuation with Nature in this poem alone. I’m sure that if I looked up other poems by her it would show her beliefs or support of the characteristics of the Romanticism Era. “Nature” is what we see has an overall optimistic fell to it. Dickinson was born in 1830, right in the middle of the Romanticism Era. In her lifetime she had a secluded life, cooped up in her house all the time. This aspect of her life shows her “Distrust of Civilization”.
Works Cited Dickinson, Emily. “Nature is what we see” Poem Hunter. Web. 02 November 2011. http://www.awaz-e-wah.com/wp- content/uploads/2011/10/4.jpeg http://www.awaz-e-wah.com/wp- content/uploads/2011/10/4.jpeg
Amber Allen Honors English III Block 4 November 3, 2011
Pain has an element of blank; It cannot recollect When it began, or if there were A day when it was not. It has no future but itself, Its infinite realms contain Its past, enlightened to perceive New periods of pain.
I picked that image because it is a man looking out at the ocean, a place with no definite beginning or ending, which is what Dickinson says about pain. Then when one is looking out at the ocean, it seems like it is just infinite. The ocean is also somewhat blank, it’s just the same thing after awhile on the surface. Then the only thing it has to look forward to is a new time of existing, which is like what Dickinson says about pain in the whole last stanza of the poem. I think that the photo I chose represents the poem very well, just because of the way the colors and the ocean work together to create a gloomy feel. Also the way that the man is looking down, like he is just waiting for something positive to happen.
In the poem, Dickinson means that pain is just an ongoing process. It never had a definite beginning, and it never ends. The only thing it does is repeat itself time after time. She describes pain with the word “blank”. She means that pain itself has no definite feeling, only the way pain makes a person feel. She also says that pain is always present somewhere. Dickinson uses a dreary tone, to create a gloomy mood. She makes it seem like there is never a break in the pain, and that life is all painful like when she says “It cannot recollect when it began, or if there were a day when it was not.” She also adds her opinion of pain in the future, which just adds to the whole overall thought of pain not ending.
Emily Dickinson The Red -- Blaze -- is the Morning
The Red -- Blaze -- is the Morning -- The Violet -- is Noon -- The Yellow -- Day -- is falling -- And after that -- is none -- But Miles of Sparks -- at Evening -- Reveal the Width that burned -- The Territory Argent -- that Never yet -- consumed --
Analysis I believe that she is talking about something having to do with the night sky. She named all the times of the day except night, when there is nothing. Naming all of them except night got her meaning across. She uses the images of all the times of day having a color to go along with.