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The Poem A Bird Came down the Walk by Emily Dickenson describes the simple experience of her watching a bird walk down the path

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Analysis on Emily Dickinson?s poem ?Birds? The Poem ?A Bird Came down the Walk? by Emily Dickenson describes the simple experience of her watching a bird walk down the path. She shows the bird and its actions throughout the poem, providing us with an image of what she?s seeing. The poem makes the reader feel and experience the simple way the bird acts beautiful f nature. Dickenson creates the mood of the poem by detailing the sequence of activities a bird goes through as simple as they may be, she then turns the description into a poetic endeavour though imagery and contrast. The first three stanzas of the poem are reasonably interchangeable since they describe three events that could occur in any order when watching birds. ...read more.

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The poem can be broken up into two sections consisting of the first three and last two stanzas. The first section establishes a mood and tone for the narrative of the poem by detailing the actions within its natural environment, and the bird represents the effect of human interaction on the bird. Dickinson?s attitude towards the subject of the poem is very serious and the structure of the poem seems panicky and cautious not unlike the bird. ?He glanced with rapid eyes? shows the panicked emotion of the bird, and ?Like one in danger; cautious, I offered him a crumb? which expresses her cautious emotion. The line breaks of the poem are choppy and abrupt giving the reader with a sense of change and speed throughout the poem. ...read more.

Conclusion

The whole of the last stanza in the poem is a metaphor which compares the bird?s smoothness with its wings and flying to boat oars pushing through the ocean and butterflies fluttering around the bank. Dickinson believes the bird is more smooth and elegant than both the images of the oars and butterfly?s. The images of theocean and the butterflies are smooth and elegant and they contrast to the birds behaviour in the first stanza ??. Emily Dickinson wrote this poem to show that the simple beauty of nature can exist through words. She does this by taking this everyday event and elaborating on it to create beautiful images and this links in with the ideas of the romantic movement and how they thought highly of nature. ...read more.

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