A Bird came down the Walk.
The speaker describes once seeing a bird come down the walk, unaware that it was being watched.
The bird ate an angleworm, then drank a Dew / From a convenient Grass, then hopped sideways
to let a beetle pass by. The bir
Hope is the thing with feathers.
The speaker describes hope as a bird (the thing with feathers) that perches in the soul. There, it
sings wordlessly and without pause. The song of hope sounds sweetest in the Gale, and it would
require a terrifyin
I died for Beautybut was scarce.
The speaker says that she died for Beauty, but she was hardly adjusted to her tomb before a man
who died for Truth was laid in a tomb next to her. When the two softly told each other why they died,
the man declared
Emily Dickinson is such a unique poet that it is very difficult to place her in any single
traditionshe seems to come from everywhere and nowhere at once. Her poetic
form, with her customary four-line stanzas, ABCB rhyme schemes, and alternations
After great pain, a formal feeling comes.
The speaker notes that following great pain, a formal feeling often sets in, during which the
Nerves are solemn and ceremonious, like Tombs. The heart questions whether it ever really
endured such pain and
Emily Dickinson led one of the most prosaic lives of any great poet. At
a time when fellow poet Walt Whitman was ministering to the Civil War
wounded and traveling across Americaa time when America itself
was reeling in the chaos of war, the trage
Im Nobody! Who are you?
The speaker exclaims that she is Nobody, and asks, Who are you? / Are
you Nobodytoo? If so, she says, then they are a pair of nobodies, and
she admonishes her addressee not to tell, for theyd banish usyou
know! She says tha
Themes, Motifs & Symbols
The Individuals Struggle with God
Dickinson devoted a great amount of her work to exploring the relationship between an individual
and a Judeo-Christian God. Many poems describe a protracted rebellion against the God whom s
The Brainis wider than the Sky
The speaker declares that the brain is wider than the sky, for if they are held side by side, the brain
will absorb the sky With easeand Youbeside. She says that the brain is deeper than the sea,
for if they are held
The Soul selects her own Society
The speaker says that the Soul selects her own Society and then shuts the Door, refusing to
admit anyone elseeven if an Emperor be kneeling / Upon her mat. Indeed, the soul often
chooses no more than a single perso