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"Nature" is what we See
Transcript of "Nature" is what we See
Layers of Interpretation
Dickinson wanted the readers to understand that the universe is beautiful, and it is magnificence. This is in contrast with human beings, who are tiny and insignificant. Also she wanted to highlight the tendencies of humanity, to magnify and make things bigger than they are. Another interpretation is that the poet wanted to point out that humans forgot about simple things being beautiful, like the bees and the squirrels.
Dickinson placed her descriptive, imagery words, after sayings like, this is what we see, or this is what we hear. By doing this, the poet paints a picture of the squirrel, the hill, the bumblebee, etcetera. The words are very simplistic due to this poem being her first. Rather than constantly using the word and, or using commas frequently, the poet uses dashes between each of her examples. This breaks up each examples, so that the depictions can be seen more clearly.
Dickinson uses a very indecisive tone is her poem. This adds to the effect of how much nature can mean to people. The poet does this, showing the readers that nature is many things that we do not realize. She points out that people during this time are not taking out the essence of nature, and are neglecting the true value of nature. This poem also has a shy tone, I believe this comes out because this was the first poem written my Dickinson, and she was so young when she wrote the poem. This tone adds effect to the overall voice of the poem as well, some critics even believed that she was trying to act as the wind in nature.
The poet uses a few themes that are seen in the majority of her poems, these are heaven, nature, simplicity, and compassion. The author loves nature, and wishes that humanity would see the world through her eyes. She thinks that human beings are not aware of the diversity and mystery of the world. Dickinson portrays that the world has a lot to teach us, and that if you take a step back and realize how small you are, as one person, you will see the significance of nature. The poet depicts that mankind is less important than nature.
This poem refers to the biblical times. When people thought that they had power over themselves, and there was not a higher power. Dickinson's poem reflects to the bible verse in Matthew 6:28-29, that says "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these". The poem is about mankind thinking that he is wise, when in reality, nature in all its glory is what is genuine.
Dickinson uses metaphors, rhymes, and personification if her poem. The rhymes are clear, at the end of line one (see), line three (bee), line six (sea), line 8 (harmony), and in line 12 (simplicity). A few metaphors that Dickinson uses are in line four, "Nature is Heaven", and in line 8, "Nature is harmony. Personification is a little harder to find, but in the end of the poem Dickinson writes, "Nature is what we know... so impotent our wisdom is, to
simplicity". This is implying that nature is a her. These devices help the poet to get her points across through imagery as well as the poetic devices she uses.
"Nature" is what we see
“Nature” is what we see—
The Hill—the Afternoon—
Squirrel—Eclipse—the Bumble bee—
Nay—Nature is Heaven—
Nature is what we hear—
The Bobolink—the Sea—
Nay—Nature is Harmony—
Nature is what we know—
Yet have no art to say—
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity
Born on December 10th, 1830, Dickinson's childhood was full of school, reading, exploring nature, and religious activities. She wrote about 1100 peoms, unlike most poets, Dickinson was not published during her lifetime. She was not established as a poet until after her death on May 15th, 1886. Her poems were then brought to life by her family members. Dickinson's love of nature and religion had a lot of impact on her poems, as seen by most when her work was relieved.