Introduction to Literature (ENG 125)
Nature in Poem
Poets have a way with words. They can create emotion, mood, and ambiance. They can paint emotionally moving pictures with nothing more than words. Poets can make the seasons change, the weather shift, and the day turn to night. Poetry, as an art, is the mastery of words and meanings. Nature has a way with color. It can turn the green of a leaf to the gold of a sunset. It can paint the mountains purple and the skies viridian. It can turn the black of night into the warm pumpkin of morning with nothing more than the passing of time. Nature, as an artist, is the master of colors. Poets are the masters of words and nature is the master of color, together they create an inescapable beauty. Each poet sees nature in a different way and therefore the picture they paint is unique. The background of the poet, and the time in which they lived, plays an integral part in their perspective of nature. However, no matter what time-period the poem was created in, nature is beautiful when seen through the eyes of a poet. Dickinson
The earliest works in this comparison are “A Bird cam down the Walk” and “‘Nature’ is what we see” by Emily Dickinson. Dickinson is a highly renowned poet whose work was created in the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s in the New England region of the United States. Dickinson lived a life of seclusion in Massachusetts, creating an atmosphere of creativity in which her poetry thrived. With the New England countryside as her backdrop, nature played an important part in her work. Her seclusion turned her poet’s eye inward, giving us a glimpse of her personal opinion of nature and its beauty. The earliest work of the two is “A Bird came down the Walk.” Being an earlier work, it lacks the refinement of her latter work but still possesses the playful diction of a developing poet. The meter presents a playful atmosphere in which we...