People make decisions and carry out acts that make a difference or create a change, but such change is often temporary. What is it talking about? She continues to clearly describe how the grass closes and opens further on, suggesting the movement of the snake, and delighting the reader in his own personal recall of such an encounter. There doesn't seem to be a central purpose of the poem beyond talking about the speaker's fear for snakes. As the snake moves through the grass, the grass parts for the snake. The combination of external conflict and dexterous imagery create the atmosphere of this poem.
Any interpretation is a good one. A large number of people, particularly expert critics of American Literature seem to believe that the snake in the poem is used as a ornately wrought metaphor for a dick. The lyrical voice goes further into this special liquor in the final two lines of the stanza. With the unfolding of memories in the third and fourth stanzas, the climax of the story is reached as the Boy attempts in vain to grasp the snake. Dickinson does an amazing job of using the senses to feel the sensation as if you were there standing beside the boy on that particular day. A particular natural place is referenced and the quality of the liquor first mentioned is accentuated once again.
He claims that he can feel the cordial nature of the creatures. He also held various political offices. However, looking at the implications associated with the snake in religion, which often symbolizes temptation and the fault of man , I think the speaker is explaining her contrasting thoughts between the things she had grown up hearing and her later realizations. From a very young age, the speaker had learned that the snake was a bad omen due to religion. He claims that he knows the animals, and the animals know him. She symbolizes its movements, its physique and its behaviors without ever mentioning its name. Whether Emily Dickinson had a fear of snakes, which she portrayed through the boy, the reader will never know but this poem does generate a sense of uneasiness for the reader.
Bibliography The Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. With her contemporary, Walt Whitman, she helped to usher in a new age of poetry, with her revolutionary way with words. The final stanza describes an irrational fear. The grass divides as with a comb, A spotted shaft is seen; And then it closes at your feet And opens further on. But it also saw a society on the brink of violence with the increasing debates over slavery and the continued encroachment upon and displacement of. By likening the snake to a dick we force the poem into a very small, limited, and perverse scope. In poem 305, Emily Dickinson contemplates two very common and very strong human emotions of fear and despair.
The poem is built on the premise of contrasting what something appears to be visually, and what it really is Johnson 711-712. However, most readers can relate to the feeling of fear that would come upon them if they met a snake at their feet in the grass. The poem makes the reader feel and experience the simple way the bird acts beautiful f nature. Which author do you think is a more talented poet? In the first two quatrains stanzas of four lines , the speaker describes the snake moving through the grass, neither apparently harming the other A narrow Fellow in the grass Occasionally rides—. Furthermore, there is a use of slant rhyme, formed by words of similar but not identical sound.
Each line rhymes only twice, exactly in the second line and then in the fourth line Franklin 1137-1139. The second stanza serves more clues and draws us to the answer. The phallus shape of the snake, coupled with the usage of words like whip and lash to describe it adds to this argument. The speaker seems startled at first. She is one of the most renowned poets of the nineteenth century. With these key elements in… 1368 Words 6 Pages Nature is the most beautiful places for anyone to enjoy peace and stability in the human minds.
Her main techniques are metaphor and a new and startling application of language; both techniques result in powerful images. The rhythm in the first stanza captures the movement of the. The whiplash that comes to mind however as one lightly reads the line, refers to the startled and sudden jumping back of a frightened snake. Although in this second stanza there are fewer capitalizations than in the first one, it is still an important literary device that accentuates the importance of some particular words. This brief pause allows the reader to soak in what was read and.
Emily Dickinson was part of a prominent family that had a strong bond with its community. The tone is one of discovery and delight, rather than fear and disgust, despite the subject being a snake. Write a poem in which you make your subject clear from the very start, so that there is no need to actually say what it is. In the third quatrain, the poet suddenly becomes introspective. It is evident from her poem that Dickinson loves nature more than anything else around her. Does she seem to be writing for other people or only for herself? The speaker leaves the reason for this shift in feeling open for interpretation. However, when it comes to snakes, the speaker is unable to act with the same familiarity.
With the first few lines, the speaker intended to trick the reader into picturing a human being, so that it comes as a shock when the reader realizes that this poem is about a snake. Readers immediately discovered a poet of immense depth and stylistic complexity whose work cannot be categorized. She, like , simplified her life in terms of objects and duties. Readers can readily identify with the speaker, who is both intrigued and repelled by the snake. I don't necessarily agree that this poem doesn't have a central purpose. The snake also lies in the sun, a completely different environment from a bog, yet this, too, suits the snake very well.
Dickinson seems to be saying that no matter how close the boy in the poem gets to nature, he will never be admitted into its spiritual realm. She continues to clearly describe how the grass closes and opens further on, suggesting the movement of the snake, and delighting the reader in his own personal recall of such an encounter. What associations does a whip or a lash have? She uses all other literary devices in the poem to express this singular theme. The first two quatrains of the poem are laid out in the hymn meter called common meter, alternately eight and six syllables to the line. The final line states that the sighting of the subject comes unexpectedly, planting yet another clue for the reader to draw upon in order to solve the riddle.