Published on February 11, 2013
Emily DickinsonPoems and Analysis Aytekin Aliyeva
Im nobody! Who are you?• Im nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then theres a pair of us--dont tell! Theyd banish us, you know.• How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog!
Analysis• This poem expresses poets desire to be left alone.• She compares being somebody to being a frog that croaks all day without a response.• Dickinson cautions her "nobody" friend, introduced to the reader in the opening couplet, the which structure establishes the two nobodies as people joined together, isolated, to not let the "somebodies" know who they are, for they will banish them to the bog, which symbolizes the crowd where "somebodies" gather.• In short, Dickinson comments on the human aspiration to force/persuade non-conformists to follow the crowd.
Hope is the thing with feathers• 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 chilliest land, And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me.
Analysis The poem examines the abstract idea of hope in the free spirit of a bird. In the first stanza, “Hope is the Thing With Feathers,” she uses the metaphorical image of a bird to describe the abstract idea of hope. Hope, of course, is inanimate, but by giving hope feathers, she begins to create an image hope in our minds. Feathers represent hope because they let you to fly and find a new beginning. In contrast, broken feathers or a broken wing grounds a person, and creates the image of needy person who has been beaten down by life. In the second stanza, “That perches in the soul,” author continues to use the imagery of a bird to describe hope. The soul is the home for hope. Hope rests in our soul the way a bird rests on its perch. In the third and fourth stanzas, “And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.” Dickinson uses the imagery of a bird’s continuous song to represent eternal hope. Birds never stop singing their song of hope. The fifth stanza “And sweetest in the gale is heard” It creates images of a bird’s song of hope whistling above the sound of gale force winds and offering the promise that soon the storm will end.
Analysis• Dickinson uses the next three lines to metaphorically describe what a person who destroys hope feels like. “And sore must be the stormThat could abash the little birdThat kept so many warm. “• A person who destroys hope with a storm of anger and negativity feels the pain. The destroyer of hope causes pain and soreness that hurts him the most.• In the first line of the last stanzas “I’ve heard it in the chilliest lands,” Means that it is heard even in the coldest, saddest lands. Hope is eternal and everywhere• “And on the strangest sea.” means hope exists for everyone.• In the last two lines, Dickinson informs us that the bird of hope asks for no favor or price in return for its sweet song.• Yet never in extremity,• It asked a crumb of me.• Hope is a free gift. It exists for all of us. All we must do is not clip the wings of hope and let it fly and sing freely. Its song can be heard over the strangest seas, coldest lands, and in the worst storms. It is a song that never ends as long as we do not let it.
A Bird came down the Walk• A Bird came down the Walk• Like one in danger, – He did not know I saw – Cautious, He bit an Angleworm in I offered him a Crumb halves And he unrolled his feathers And ate the fellow, raw, And rowed him softer home• And then he drank a Dew – From a convenient Grass – • Than Oars divide the Ocean, And then hopped sidewise to the Wall Too silver for a seam – To let a Beetle pass – Or Butterflies, off Banks of• He glanced with rapid eyes Noon That hurried all abroad – Leap, plashless as they They looked like frightened swim. Beads, I thought –
Analysis The first two stanzas of the poem are a simple description of the bird, not knowing it is being watched by the poet. The form and the mood of the poem change in stanza three as the bird is approached by a human.The bird becomes frightened, feeling something isnt quite right. Bird’s “rapid eyes…hurried all abroad” is a darn good description of a bird on alert for predators. The bird, of course, refuses the crumb and “unrolled his feathers / And rowed him softer home.” Anyone who has seen crows fly across the sky can appreciate comparing birds’ wings in flight to oars “Butterflies, off Banks of Noon, / Leap, plashless, as they swim.” The sky becomes the sea and butterflies, at high noon, leap into the air without a splash.
A Poor-Torn Heart-a Tattered Heart• A poor-torn heart- a tattered heart - That sat it down to rest Nor it noticed that the Ebbing Day Flowed silver to the West - Nor noticed Night did soft descend - Nor constellation burn - Intent upon the vision of latitudes unknown.• The angels - happening that way This dusty heart espied - Tenderly took it up from toil And carried it to God - There - sandals for the barefoot - There - gathered from the gales - Do the blue havens by the hand lead the wandering Sails.
Analysis The speaker of this sad poem is the writer herself speaking of a heart that is torn. This could be in relation to the speaker or someone else she knows of well. Or simply just of a fictional person. The definition of the speaker is her heart. The audience is anyone who reads or hears the poem. Though they do not define the speaker. The literal meaning is of the pain the speaker feels, they do not focus or notice much else in their environment until angels appear. At which point the heart is saved. Angels carry it away to God. This could be death or just death of the pain endured. To a place where a wandering speaker has comfort for the feet that have long been wandering and continue to do so.
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