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Apparently with no surprise Analysis



Author: poem of Emily Dickinson Type: poem Views: 21


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Apparently with no surprise
To any happy Flower
The Frost beheads it at its play—
In accidental power—
The blonde Assassin passes on—
The Sun proceeds unmoved
To measure off another Day
For an Approving God.

Edited by Peter Carter

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It is an unemotional poem, It\'s about a girl around 6 years of age that is dying but God doesn\'t do anything about it because he beliefs that Death=nature of life, that everybody will one day die, it\'s something normal.

| Posted on 2013-05-21 | by a guest


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it is about a girl dying and god doesn nothing about . this peom wants to say that death is nature of life and the world wont end if one person dies this is how life works people die and it is ok

| Posted on 2012-11-16 | by a guest


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One of the ambiguities in the poem involves the words \"it\" and \"its.\" While the Frost is playing, does it behead one of the flowers, or is it the flower that\'s playing when the Frost beheads it? The Frost in this poem reminds me of the character Lenny in book Of Mice and Men: Lenny unwittingly kills mice and little puppies and even a woman while he lovingly caresses them -squishing and squeezing them to death -not meaning to kill them but not realizing his own strength (\"accidental power\")
Also, does \"it\" in line 3 refer to one of the \"happy\" flowers in line 2 that gets beheaded, or are the happy flowers the ones that are happy because they were not the one that got beheaded? In other words, could the happy flowers be like people who perhaps witness a fatal accident and are relieved because they weren\'t the one that got killed.
But who or what is the \"blonde Assassin\" referred to in line 5? Could it refer to a cold day in Autumn which was accompanied by the Frost that killed the flower?
The Sun is \"unmoved\"; that is, the Sun doesn\'t care - it just continues to do its job of measuring off another Day. Note the preposition \"off\": not \"measuring OUT,\" but rather, \"measuring OFF\" another Day. The word \"off\" sounds somewhat abrupt, sort of like in the expression \"cutting off.\" Also, \"off\" sounds more subtractive - like each day that the Sun measures off in one day less of existence for everything and everyone that exists!
Also, what is God \"approving\"? Is He merely approving the Sun doing its job measuring off another Day? Or is He approving the Frost beheading a Flower? Either way, it does sound like the God in this poem is very loving or caring about his creatures.

| Posted on 2011-08-30 | by a guest


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The poem itself is talking about nature; how everthing has it\'s own way but in the grand scheme of things everthing is connected.

| Posted on 2010-09-14 | by a guest


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to draw a conclusion ( regarding what my friend has posted):
Death is as natural as any other thing in nature.

| Posted on 2010-06-22 | by a guest


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"Apparently with no surprise" - stating that this has been an ongoing story, comment, moment, etc.
"To any happy Flower" - does not discriminate, a flower is a flower... like a human, is a human... no color, just its personality "happy"... also implies to be "frail" since flowers are to be handled with care.
"The Frost beheads it at its play- In accidental power-" - as the summer has come and gone, the winter has laid its first blow and "beheads" the "happy flower" in a result of an accident. Meaning... the way of life is continued on without having the second to think about the end-result.
"The blonde Assassin passes on- The Sun proceeds unmoved" - the blonde Assassin IS winter. "blonde" being innocence, "frost" is the death-bringer of the flower. Blonde Assassin is the frost that kills the flower. As for the "sun proceeds unmoved" means that no matter what life has been taken away, the sun will continue to rise and set.
"To measure off another Day" - meaning that the Sun will continue, knowing the life and death, and will continue on another day... another sunrise to another sunset.
"For an Approving God" - knowing that life comes to an end, God approves death because of eternal life after death. knowing that our life now will come to an end, his approval to live accepting God's grand scheme or die an eternal life.

| Posted on 2010-03-05 | by a guest




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