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These are the days when Birds come back Analysis

Author: Poetry of Emily Dickinson Type: Poetry Views: 1214

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These are the days when Birds come back-

A very few-a Bird or two-

To take a backward look.These are the days when skies resume

The old-old sophistries of June-

A blue and gold mistake.Oh fraud that cannot cheat the Bee-

Almost thy plausibility

Induces my belief.Till ranks of seeds their witness bear-

And softly thro' the altered air

Hurries a timid leaf.Oh Sacrament of summer days,

Oh Last Communion in the Haze-

Permit a child to join.Thy sacred emblems to partake-

They consecrated bread to take

And thine immortal wine!


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Seeing actual summer in the context of this indian summer, which ends so quickly, the speaker is induced to believe that all summer is a lie, because it ends in winter’s death. However, the seeds testify in summer’s favor, showing that summer will come again in the form of new sprouts and plants after winter. That summer will be reborn and die in a virtually endless cycle. And so this false Indian summer becomes not a “fraud”, but, by the end of the poem, a Last Communion in the Haze”, a last little effort on summer’s part to give her saving spiritual strength to make it through winter until summer come again. “Last Communion” also brings to mind the Last Supper, where Christ gave himself under the appearance of bread and wine to the disciples, to strengthen them spiritually for his death, until his resurrection. The “Sacrament” of summer days gives the speaker of the poem a similar spiritual strength to persevere through the trials of winter, until summer shall rise again. Communion hides something infinite (Christ) under the appearance of something finite (Bread and Wine). This last little bit of summer, which has a finite appearance, in reality signifies to the poet the immortality of Summer, summer’s “immortal wine”,—because summer as a cycle, as denoted by the seeds, never truly ends.

| Posted on 2017-03-21 | by a guest

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This poem could be about fall because when the birds are about to migrate some birds come back and say good-bye or probably something like that. the second stanza may mean that the old arguments from June (summer) is about to change because it is time for Fall. -A blue and gold mistake- may mean that instead of the skies and the sun being there it was a mistake to have them because in fall the color isn\'t blue and gold. -Oh fraud that cannot cheat the bee- may mean that because it\'s fall and there\'s no more flowers the bees cannot cheat because it\'s not there. -Till ranks of seeds their witness bear- might mean that it\'s time to harvest the seeds that have been planted. -And softly thro\' the altered air hurries a timid leaf- may mean that because it\'s fall the air is humid and that the leaves are falling down. -oh sacrament of summer days, oh last communion in the haze- may mean that because it\'s fall and winter comes next there must be a last meal for the animals before they hibernate; due to the words last communion in the haze it may be an animal\'s last meal of the season. so basically, this poem is talking about fall and how the animal\'s will prepare for the next season which is winter. :)
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| Posted on 2011-06-27 | by a guest

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I, although not sure, may say that such season-changing relates to christ reappearing.

| Posted on 2011-01-21 | by a guest

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Dickinson's poem is about the "Indian summers". This usually consists of snow one day, and a summer-like atmosphere the next. The birds have flown south for the winter but the weather decieves them and they return. The "sophestries of June" refer to this deception. Furthermore, "a blue and gold mistake" tells that though the skies are clear, it is winter because the grass is still dead. Mother nature is playing tricks that nearly cause everyone to believe the winter could be over until they see that leaves are falling. The poem is an overview of nature's unpredictability.

| Posted on 2005-01-07 | by Approved Guest

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Emily Dickinson relates the changing of seasons to the way we rush through life. In an unconventional way, though, her poem looks backwards. Those who are old are now looking back of their lives- they are the birds- and they realize it was a mistake to rush through so quickly. After all, when we are children we want to be adults but once we become adults we want to become children again. It is too late, the Last Communion- death- is in the distance and we are powerless to stop it.

| Posted on 2004-12-08 | by Approved Guest

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