Poetry Analysis for Emily Dickinson "Nature"

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English 2 Honors
March 29, 2013
Emily Dickinson
"Nature" is what we see—
The Hill—the Afternoon—
Squirrel—Eclipse— the Bumble bee—
Nay—Nature is Heaven—
Nature is what we hear—
The Bobolink—the Sea—
Thunder—the Cricket—
Nay—Nature is Harmony—
Nature is what we know—
Yet have no art to say—
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.

In the poem the reader can see her love to nature. The theme of the poem is nature's simplicity, but the poem suggests that nature is anything but simple. It is mysterious and magnificent. Furthermore nature seems simple but as you explore the meaning, we can see the patterns of how Dickinson used the diversity in nature. At the start of the poem she refers to the view of distanced objects such as hill, squirrel, bumblebee, and bobolink. Then she takes it further suggesting that nature is not only sight, but hearing such as bobolink, see, cricket, and thunder. Also she attempts to define nature through the senses of what we see and hear. Furthermore she mentions the harmony of nature. She compares the objects such as sight and sound. She then suggests that both nature and haven are mysterious and impossible to describe. The mystery of what she sees and hears in nature leads her to God. Also she says that heaven is nature. She uses example such as “afternoon” which stands for warmth and light. The hills and the seas are appeared as strong but the bobolink and bumblebee are weak. Also she shows the diversity between “cricket” and “thunder” sound. She uses the size to show a pattern in nature as its speaking through sight and sound. In conclusion Dickinson says that humans don't realize the simplicity and the mystery of nature. Furthermore she talks about how people underestimate the nature’s powerful mystery. As the poem goes on she is trying to understand the understandable.
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