2 General statements. For Emily Dickinson… Nature explores the relationship between natural and human world (like Romantic poets & Transcendentalists)Nature is a source of joy and beauty, which (unlike R&Ts) can without warning and without obvious cause become threatening and dangerous.Nature is at times concerned with:(1) death, annihilation,(2) a regenerative, restoring force(3) indifferent to humanity
3 328 A bird came down the walk (1862) Glossary:Walk pathAngleworm earthworm, usually used as bait to catch fishDew small droplet of waterAnd rowed…the ocean and carried himself home more smoothly than if he were a boat in the seaToo silver for a seam because of the mirror-like effect of silver, it is impossible to create a seam in itBanks of noon the sides of a river at middayPlashless splashess (when butterflies jump into water they do not splash)Analysis sheets
4 328 A bird came down the walk (1862) The poem contrasts the awkward, comical, anxious bird on the ground with the graceful, beautiful bird in flight.Bird represents/symbolises for the quick/lively ungraspable wild essence that distances nature from human beings who desire to tame itNote the lack of interaction possible natural and human worldsShowcase of ED’s poetic powers of observation and descriptionThese images may be associated with the physical and spiritual aspects of human existenceTwo breath-taking descriptions of flying (rowing and swimming) evokes the delicacy and fluidity of movementPrecise, clear, concrete detailsIambic trimeter, varied with one tetrameter with occasional four-syllable lines> stanza one to emphasise bird hoppingLoose ABCB rhyme scheme: typical of ED’s poetryDash –for slight pausing? Bird movements? Shock at way dinner is consumed?Conversational tone: amphoraChange in enjambment & language: alliteration and assonance, imagery
5 986 A narrow fellow in the Grass (1865) the threatening nature of natureA description of a snake and the fascination and fear it can induceDescription of snake and recollection of boyhood snake encounter, only creature which entices fear1st stanza sibilance to echo creature’s hissFrom aural suggestions to visual images: ‘spotted shaft’, ‘whip lash’Rather playful tone changes with final line. A sudden constriction in breathing and a hollow, numbing coldness emphasised by the chilling assonance of final phrase.Shift from slant rhyme to exact rhymeWhat of the biblical and historicalassociations of the snake and temptation?As Lucy B, suggests the snake isrepresentative of the temptation ofinteracting with the natural world in much thesame way it tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden and set in motion the fall of man. (?) and the danger of this encounter.