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Snow Flakes by Emily Dickinson

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Caroline Kelly

on 16 May 2014

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Transcript of Snow Flakes by Emily Dickinson

Snow flakes

around 1891

I counted till they danced so
Their slippers leaped the town –
And then I took a pencil
To note the rebels down –
And then they grew so jolly
I did resign the prig –
And ten of my once stately toes
Are marshalled for a jig!


-Dickinson is known for her unusual use of form and syntax
-Her grandfather, Samuel Dickinson, is the founder of Amherst College in Mass.
-She lived a secluded life
-She began writing as a teenager
-Her works were not published until she had already died

Why did you want to keep your writing a secret?

Emily Dickinson

This poem describes how overwhelmed Dickinson is by the beauty of the snow.

The poem is:
45 words
8 lines
1 Stanza

Topic of Poem
-"I counted till they danced so
Their slippers leaped the town" This line describes the snow covering the city

-"And then I took a pencil to note the rebels down--And they grew so jolly I did resign the prig" In this line Dickinson describes how she began to write about the beauty of the snow flakes, but then stopped because she wanted to enjoy them.

-"And ten of my once stately toes Are marshalled for a jig!" This line describes her joy while watching the snow fall.
"I did resign the prig"

(noun) a self-righteously moralistic person who behaves as if superior to others

(adjective) having a dignified, unhurried, and grand manner; majestic in manner and appearance

: (verb) arrange or assemble

Confusing line & Puzzling words

Joyful, covering the impurities (also symbolism)

Type of poem:
lyric, this is a short poem that describes her love for the snow.

We selected this poem because we all enjoy the snow. Our favorite line is "And ten of my once stately toes are marshalled for a jig," because this describes her happiness while enjoying the snow.

This poem reminds us of the song Snow by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
running on of the thought from one line to the next
ex: "I did resign the prig-
And ten of my once stately toes
Are marshalled for a jig!"
ex: "...They danced so their slippers leaped the town..."

rhyme scheme:

of "And" in the beginning of the third, fifth and seventh lines.
Literary Devices
Works Cited
By Caroline Kelly, Claire Murphy, Riley Rossi, Hanna Wise, and Veronica Zabala
Literary Devices
short lines add quickness of reading and upbeat feeling

: you can see the snow falling due to the detail

: "their slippers leaped the town"

The happy upbeat mood gives the poem depth.
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