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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-” (ll. 1-5).She describes the shape of the snake, narrow, and how it would be a familiar animal to most people. She goes on to explain what it looks like to see the snake sliding its way through the grass. Dickinson also describes how the snake sneaks up on her. They go almost unnoticed until they are right in front of you because they are so sneaky, low to the ground and so quiet.Dickinson continues with the image of the snake by writing, “Several of Nature’s People/ I know, and they know me-/ I feel for them a transport/ Of cordiality-/ But never met this Fellow/ Attended, or alone/ Without a righter breathing/ And Zero at the Bone-“ (ll. 20-24).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” (ll.1-5).Here, she explains how it happens so suddenly and so ofte...

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