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She sweeps with many-colored brooms, Analysis

Author: Poetry of Emily Dickinson Type: Poetry Views: 716

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She sweeps with many-colored brooms,

And leaves the shreds behind;

Oh, housewife in the evening west,

Come back, and dust the pond!

You dropped a purple ravelling in,

You dropped an amber thread;

And now you've littered all the East

With duds of emerald!

And still she plies her spotted brooms,

And still the aprons fly,

Till brooms fade softly into stars --

And then I come away.


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Thank you to whomever posted on 2005-09-25; yours is the only analysis that is accurate. While you can certainly read a poem and apply it personally and individually, the author DOES have an intended meaning and interpretation and that is the only correct (objective) analysis. Everything else is subjective and relative. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as you do not try to pass it off as fact.

| Posted on 2013-12-12 | by a guest

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The poem is an extended metaphor comparing the life of a housewife to a sunset. Even though the day might be over with her work will never be done, the work will always come back. The last lines are describing that the housewife will continue to do this, clean the messes as a housewife, and her work will not stop coming until she comes away, dies.

| Posted on 2013-05-13 | by a guest

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This poem I believe is an extended metaphor for the life of a house wife being compared to a sunset. The sunset leaves but it must return to do more work in the morning, like the housewife's work is never done, and she must return to finish her work.

| Posted on 2010-05-13 | by a guest

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Perhaps the Housewife is Emily herself; then she's comparing her life's work to the passing day, & when "brooms fade softly into stars --
And then I come away." is the end of her own work, and her own life.

| Posted on 2010-03-20 | by a guest

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My english teacher says it means death figuratively and literaly it means a sunset. i don't see the death part but whatever.

| Posted on 2008-11-23 | by a guest

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I thought the writing was talking about the seasons... How the colurful leaves and peddals start to fall...
But then the season changes and all of the leaves and peddals are gone and everything starts to grown back

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

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it seems to me she is speaking of her sister who lived next door, perhaps some time in the fall when the leaves are falling from the trees and lavinia was raking or sweeping and emily was watching her, but in every sense, the poem is a beautiful picture to the mind's eye

| Posted on 2008-11-09 | by a guest

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i thought this poem was about a woman who had died and her husband or just a family member was remembering her. in the end of the poem where it states "till brooms fade softly into stars- and then i come away" i took this to mean that the husband or family member that was left behind after her death had finally joined her in heaven with her.

| Posted on 2008-09-21 | by a guest

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Many people would see this as the comparison of a housewife to Mother Nature painting the sunset and all that good stuff. Couldn't we go even further?

Isn't there a possibility she was talking about life? The brooms represent the winds of change and the litter of threads and such represent remnants from the hasty winds of change that could at anytime cause the person to revert back to their old ways.

Isn't it also a coincidence that purple and amber are both colors used in "America, the Beautiful"? How the West were so keen to accept the changing beauty of the different people inhabiting the land, while the East gets duds, which is false hope from the government to the slaves when the Emancipation Proclamation wasn't followed and all those laws on segregation were ignored? The quick winds of change blow away, leaving only stars, hope of brightness but hard to reach.

| Posted on 2007-04-09 | by a guest

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She is Not actually taking about a Housewife Sweeping. She is simply using a sweeping housewife To Describe The Sunset.

In the first stanza, “She sweeps with many-colored Brooms -- And leaves the Shreds behind --” is simply referring to the dramatic colors of the sunset as its sweeps across the horizon, leaving “shreds“ of color everywhere.

By “Oh Housewife in the Evening West-” by using “housewife” she is referring to the sun and it’s rays being swept away below the horizon... the sun that sets in the “west“. "Come back, and dust the Pond!" is referring to the colors the setting sun casts upon the surface of the water.

In the second stanza, “purple” ravellings and “amber” thread is referring to the multiple streaks and hues in the sky at sunset. Which as a result “littered all the East With duds of Emerald!”. With “east” being her east America home in Amherst.

In the third stanza, “And still, she plies her spotted Brooms,” refers, once again, to the multicolored rays of the sweeping sun. “And still the Aprons fly,” is referring to the brightly colored clouds moving in the wind.

“Till Brooms fade softly into stars-” is the final setting of the sun into night. “And then I come away --” meaning she has finished viewing the majestic beauty of the horizon after the sun departs.

I hope this helps to better understand the poem. It is truly gorgeous and deserves to be fully understood by all!

| Posted on 2005-09-25 | by Approved Guest

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