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God gave a loaf to every bird, Analysis



Author: Poetry of Emily Dickinson Type: Poetry Views: 610

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God gave a loaf to every bird,

But just a crumb to me;

I dare not eat it, though I starve,--

My poignant luxury

To own it, touch it, prove the feat

That made the pellet mine,--

Too happy in my sparrow chance

For ampler coveting.



It might be famine all around,

I could not miss an ear,

Such plenty smiles upon my board,

My garner shows so fair.

I wonder how the rich may feel,--

An Indiaman--an Earl?

I deem that I with but a crumb

Am sovereign of them all.








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The poem is narrator by a person who is clearly very poor (a crumb is tiny in comparison to a whole loaf of bread). Although the narrator states that God is the one who gave him/her only a crumb, the narrator is not bitter, discontent, or envious. Rather, he/she is grateful and content with the crumb and remains joyful even through troubles (such as famine). A lesson learned from this poem is that joy does not depend on owning more possessions in life, but appreciating what one already has.

| Posted on 2015-11-19 | by a guest


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It means she is saying how god has blessed every other person, and left her with almost nothing.

| Posted on 2012-02-01 | by a guest


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God gave a loaf to every bird is a short, yet extremely deep poem. These statements are of my own opinion and do not actually express what the artist was thinking. I believe the fact that \"god gave a loaf to every bird, but only a crum to me\" is saying how god has blessed every other person, and left \'me\' with so little. She continues to talk about how the little crumb is her every thing, it makes her happy, and it is her prized possetion for she \"dare not eat it.\" The second stanza is more happy. Even though there is famine all around, she can see so many smiles around her. Then she begins to ponder, on how the rich feel, The birds with a loaf. And in the end she says how she is sovereign above them all. This just goes to show that poor people, who seem to have nothing, actually have more than the rich because they learn to love the small things in life rather than materialistic objects.

| Posted on 2011-12-08 | by a guest




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