Monday, November 2, 2009

Observe the Bird

All I remembered was the first two lines of this poem written by Emily Dickinson. I studied this poem in English Literature class during secondary school. But forgotten a lot on how to interpret poems so I did a little research on it to share it with you. I remembered it was always fascinating how we unravel the thoughts and the intentions of the poet. Read this little poem and see how you feel about it ,then have a look at the links at the end to help you interpret poems if you like.

A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.

He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,--
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head

Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home

Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, splashless, as they swim.

1.Analyzing Poem Tips
2.Interpreting Poetry
3.Poetic Styles

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