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A Narrow Fellow in the Grass feb 2013
Transcript of A Narrow Fellow in the Grass feb 2013
by Emily Dickinson A narrow Fellow in the Grass
You may have met Him-- did you not
His notice sudden is--
The Grass divides as with a Comb--
A spotted shaft is seen--
And then it closes at your feet
And opens further on--
He likes a Boggy Acre
A Floor too cool for Corn--
Yet when a Boy, and Barefoot--
I more than once at Noon
Have passed, I thought, a Whip lash
Unbraiding in the Sun
When stooping to secure it
It wrinkled, and was gone--
Several of Nature's People
I know, and they know me--
I feel for them a transport
But never met this Fellow
Attended, or alone
Without a tighter breathing
And Zero at the Bone-- Personification can be seen in the poem. "occasionally rides" and "Nature's People" Simile used in the line, “The grass divides as if with a comb” -The strange syntax in the fourth line of the first stanza, “His notice sudden is”
-words like "is seen" and "your" The speaker is a man who recalls his encounter with a snake in the past as a young boy. “But when a Boy and Barefoot.” She didn’t use any words that people usually associate with describing a snake (e.g. scaly, slithering, etc.) End rhymes at the second and fourth lines of each stanza. They are mostly slant rhymes. e.g. “corn” and “noon” Alliteration can be seen in the poem. Reptition of “b” sound in the line "a Boy, and Barefoot" and “s” sound in "spotted shaft" Light-hearted in the beginning, but by the last stanza, the tone shifts to fearful and nervous. Attitude Reality depends heavily on what we see and sometimes what we think we see is actually not what it really is. Theme "A Narrow Fellow in the Grass." Poetry for Students. Ed. Elizabeth Thomason. Vol. 11. Detroit: Gale Group, 2001. 126-140. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 6 Feb. 2013. Shmoop Editorial Team. "A narrow Fellow in the Grass" Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 10 Feb. 2013. Bibliography