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Literary Analysis of Emily Dickinson

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Crystal Swanson

on 15 June 2014

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Literary Analysis of Emily Dickinson
The Poem
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,-
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.

Written by: Emily Dickinson

Overall the narrator seems to say that in life one may be given a few tools to get where they need to go, but if short-handed in something, anything can be achieved with a dream.
You may actually be given what you need, like the bee, the clover, and revery, but if not, all you need to do is keep dreaming.
Another strong point is that, the narrator, says it really only takes a few things to get somewhere, and all you have to do is dream and use those tools to make it happen.
Repeated Ideas (Theme)
Revery: This word means the act of day dreaming.
I think that revery is repeated because you can make anything when you dream of it, or wish for it; for example, a prairie even if the necessary tools aren't actually given.
Bee is also in 3 of the 5 lines. This may be because it is actually one of the things needed to create a prairie really, but not necessary when revery is present.
Dickinson, Emily, Robert Linscott, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson.
Selected Poems & Letters of Emily Dickinson.
New York: First Anchor Books, . Print.
The tone seems uplifting in a sense, almost hopeful. Revery can make anything possible, and with that opens the doors to the world.
With the shorter lines it seems matter-of-fact when one reads it, as if saying it doesn't take much for anything if you have what you need or at least revery.
The words chosen by Emily have such an outstanding effect on the poem.
Revery: This again just shows the hopefulness and dream-like wonder of life and the poem.
Prairie: She could have chosen to write about any other idea. But she chose somewhere beautiful, sunny, and welcoming to show an uplifting view on things.
One: The word one is said to show the simplicity of things, and to say that you (the reader) alone can make a metaphorical prairie.
The repetition of the sounds "b" and "v" can make the words seem short and again matter-of-fact. In a sense it gets to the point, but when the whole poem is read it is smooth and flowing.
The alliteration seems stronger when the poem is being broken down.
Rhyme & Rhythm
The rhymes in this poem give a huge clue to the main theme.
Bee and revery: These two words again rhyme showing the main points about the poem, you can use a bee, but if you don't have it you can use the other.
Main theme words rhyme.
Do and few: These words rhyme to maybe show that the reader can "do" anything with just a "few" things.
Rhythm: Like mentioned before certain words and phrases have short and almost straightforward messages. The rhythm is shorter rather than long and connected going along with the theme.
At first the writer says that it takes a few things to make something (it takes the clover, the bee, and revery to make the prairie), but later on she says that it really is simple with revery.
It goes from multiple things to the simplicity of revery; just like the 3rd line where it has two words and revery is one of them (and the most important).
(This poem does not have a title)
Made by: Crystal Swanson
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