Analysis of Emily Dickinson's Poems

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Analyzations of Emily Dickinson's Poems
Emily Dickinson wrote multiple poems describing objects without ever saying the object's names. A few examples would be her poems "Leaden Sieves," "A Narrow Fellow in the Grass," and "Route of Evanescence." These poems are similar to a riddle. In order to determine what her poem is about one must analyze the poems to identify what the object is by observing how appropriate the description is and how effective the language is in conveying the essence of the object.

The first poem, "Leaden Sieves," is about snow. The description and language was very clear to understand in this particular poem. Line 2 read, "It powders all the Wood." Powder is white. The word "powder" also suggests that the object gently covers something. More details that lead the reader to believe that the poem could potentially be about snow fall in the following lines, "It reaches to the Fence/It wraps it Rail by Rail/Till it is lost in Fleeces" (9-11). These lines suggest that snow is covering the fence and its' rails. "Till it is lost in Fleeces" is again suggesting that the object is white. Fleece is the coat of a lamb which is white. Lines 14-15 say, "A Summer's empty room/Acres of Joints, where Harvests were." These lines give the impression that it is the winter season. "A Summer's empty room," meaning that summer is gone and "where Harvests were," implying that what used to be growth is now dead.

Dickinson's poem, "A Narrow Fellow in the Grass," is about a snake. The description and language was decently clear to understand in this poem. A reader can easily determine it is some type of creature that resides on the ground, but it is not very clear as to whether it is a snake or maybe a worm. When line 6 stated, "a spotted Shaft…" this gave assurance that a snake would be the more correct option since snakes can be spotted. "A narrow Fellow in the Grass/Occasionally rides/You may have met Him-did...
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