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I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed

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on 16 November 2016

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Transcript of I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed

I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed
Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Who is she?
Reading an unseen poem.....
I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed
I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed
I taste a liquor never brewed -
From Tankards scooped in Pearl -
Not all the Vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an Alcohol!

Inebriate of air - am I -
And Debauchee of Dew -
Reeling - thro' endless summer days -
From inns of molten Blue -

When "Landlords" turn the drunken Bee
Out of the Foxglove's door -
When Butterflies - renounce their "drams" -
I shall but drink the more!

Till Seraphs swing their snowy Hats -
And Saints - to windows run -
To see the little Tippler
Leaning against the - Sun!
Subject Matter
I taste a liquor never brewed -
From Tankards scooped in Pearl -
Not all the Vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an Alcohol!
Stanza 2
Inebriate of air - am I -
And Debauchee of Dew -
Reeling - thro' endless summer days -
From inns of molten Blue -
unique
original
observation
description
nature
lyric
dashes
capitals
It begins with a paradox
What is a paradox?
I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed
What is happening in this stanza?
What does the poet observe?
She pays close attention to detail, what does she describe?
What else do you notice about her style of writing?
Are there any words you don't understand?
What is the effect of a dash?
What kind of atmosphere is created?
Describe the imagery created?
Stanza 3
When "Landlords" turn the drunken Bee
Out of the Foxglove's door -
When Butterflies - renounce their "drams" -
I shall but drink the more!
What unusual metaphors are created in the poem?
What tone is used?
What effect does the assonance have in line 2?
Stanza 4
Till Seraphs swing their snowy Hats -
And Saints - to windows run -
To see the little Tippler
Leaning against the - Sun!
Where is alliteration used?
What effect does it have?
How is this poem a celebration of nature?
1. What is a paradox?
2.. What are the tankards referred to in line 2? Are they actual drinking tankards or an unusual metaphor for something else?
3. How does Dickinson suggest the 'liquor' she tastes is incredibly precious?
4. What makes the speaker 'inebriated' and 'debauched'?
5. How is the image of the 'inns' extended from stanza two to stanza three?
6. Describe in your own words what happens to the bees and butterflies in stanza 3.
7. What do you think is the setting for the poems final stanza?
8. Would you agree there are several moments of deliberate exaggeration in the poem?
P.Q.E Comprehension Questions
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