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I dreaded that first Robin, so Analysis



Author: poem of Emily Dickinson Type: poem Views: 14


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I dreaded that first Robin, so,
But He is mastered, now,
I'm accustomed to Him grown,
He hurts a little, though—

I thought If I could only live
Till that first Shout got by—
Not all Pianos in the Woods
Had power to mangle me—

I dared not meet the Daffodils—
For fear their Yellow Gown
Would pierce me with a fashion
So foreign to my own—

I wished the Grass would hurry—
So—when 'twas time to see—
He'd be too tall, the tallest one
Could stretch—to look at me—

I could not bear the Bees should come,
I wished they'd stay away
In those dim countries where they go,
What word had they, for me?

They're here, though; not a creature failed—
No Blossom stayed away
In gentle deference to me—
The Queen of Calvary—

Each one salutes me, as he goes,
And I, my childish Plumes,
Lift, in bereaved acknowledgment
Of their unthinking Drums—

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Please don\'t make things up about her. It\'s morally wrong.

| Posted on 2013-03-09 | by a guest


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it is not about death at all lol, and its definitely not about her declaring she\'s a lesbian. its about her and her childhood during her favorite season: spring. though she might put herself down sometimes by comparing herself inferior to the beauty of a daffodil the mood remains cheerful and blithe. don\'t let the negative word \"mangle\" confuse you for it is simply implying that she made a mistake and mangled everything in a very mild way.

| Posted on 2012-04-23 | by a guest


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Correction to my previous post:
Maybe the daffodils are flowers that the living are bringing to her grave. Again, she probably doesn\'t want to accept the fact that she is dead.

| Posted on 2012-02-29 | by a guest


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This poem is written from the perspective of a corpse.
When she writes:
\"I wished the Grass would hurry—
So—when \'twas time to see—
He\'d be too tall, the tallest one
Could stretch—to look at me—\"
She wants the grass to cover her so no one can find her.
When she says:
\"I dared not meet the Daffodils—
For fear their Yellow Gown
Would pierce me with a fashion
So foreign to my own—\"
To me, she doesn\'t want to be covered in bright yellow flowers so she won\'t attract the attention of the living.
Throughout the poem she expresses her frustration with the changing of seasons, her frustrations with change and the passing of time.
Life, however, is always changing and moving forward and time does not stop.
At the end of the poem, when she writes:
\"They\'re here, though; not a creature failed—
No Blossom stayed away
In gentle deference to me—
The Queen of Calvary—\"
she says that no matter how much she dreaded the incoming spring, it ultimately arrived, and when she wrote:
\"Each one salutes me, as he goes,
And I, my childish Plumes,
Lift, in bereaved acknowledgment
Of their unthinking Drums—\"
she is accepting her fate. The words \"childish Plumes\" indicate that she recognizes that she was foolish to try to evade something that was going to arrive or happen no matter what. This poem might be about her accepting the fact that she is dead and now she has to move on. The word \"lift\" might mean that she is going to Heaven and the words \"unthinking drums\" are probably there to create the image of the steady beat of funeral drums.
Well, that\'s my two cents. Hope that helped everyone.
Oh, and I honestly think the whole idea of lesbianism in the poem is little ridiculous. I see what you mean when you point out certain images in the poem, but I think you\'re just over analyzing it.
People need to stop over analyzing poetry.

| Posted on 2012-02-29 | by a guest


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you people were absolutely no help to someone who doesn\'t understand this shit

| Posted on 2011-11-26 | by a guest


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To be honest, I didn\'t event consider the lesbian concept until I read that concept, but now as I read through the story, it does fir rather well.
Look at the first stanza: she talks about \"Him\" and dreading the first. Perhaps she had been dreading the first time a man asked her out and it was hard to handle at first, but she has gotten used to him.
Then she fears daffodils, bees, and blossoms, all bright, beautiful, colorful, and feminine elements. So maybe she wants women to stay away so it is easier to fight temptation, but obviously it is hard to avoid 50% of the population.

| Posted on 2010-09-23 | by a guest


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I think shes trying to tell everyone shes a lesbian

| Posted on 2010-02-18 | by a guest


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i believe it was about death. how she is stuck on it but everyone has moved on . then spring comes the rebirth of life and everyone is happy while she is still in mouring.

| Posted on 2010-01-11 | by a guest


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The poem is about the suffering of the speaker, determine through the line in which she refers to herself as 'The Queen of Calvary'. Calvary was the place where Jesus was crucified. The speaker dreads the brightness, the seeming garishness of spring that is characterised by 'Daffodils' or 'Bees' etc. The poem holds connotations that the future is eminent, inescapable and also refers to the cyclic movement of the seasons.

| Posted on 2009-06-07 | by a guest


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You guys are noobs and I hate christians and love jews. Fire time. I bet you'd vote for Palin. You ron Paul loving commmunist, go eat a cow and have intercourse with a monkey you republicans.

| Posted on 2009-05-05 | by a guest


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dude yeahhh probably love or something dope like that...

| Posted on 2009-02-19 | by a guest


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dude i think its about like love or something stuff right?

| Posted on 2008-11-19 | by a guest




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