Literature Paper on Emily Dickinson’s Nature Poems

Emily’s Dickinson wrote several poems on nature. Majority of these nature poems are in praise of the wonders that exist in nature. The two poems that are analyzed in this essay are The Bee Is Not Afraid of Me and Mother Nature. In The Bee Is Not Afraid Of Me, the persona narrates a journey into the woods and how he/she is received the tiny animals, vegetation, and the weather. All these are elements of nature. In her description of nature in the poem, Dickinson makes use of a metaphor “…the pretty people…” in referring to the bees and butterflies that welcome the persona into the woods. There is also the use of personification, where the elements of nature are given human qualities “…brooks laugh louder…breezes madder play…”

In the second poem, Mother Nature, the poet presents nature as a mother who treats animals, plants, forests and hills with love and mildness. She describes nature as restrained in reprimanding of it its children, with examples of the squirrel and the impetuous bird. The behavior of nature at different times of the day is likened to that one of human mothers in real life. In the summer afternoon, nature is steeped in conversation. At night, nature bids her children sleep in the darkness after putting out the lights. The extreme silence that is characterized by might is attributed to admonishing of mother nature to her children to have them keep quiet “…Her golden finger on her lip…. wills silence everywhere…” The imagery used by the golden finger most probably represents the golden color of the sunset in the evenings that paves the way for dark and silent nights. The lamps referred in “…will suffice to light her lamps…” is a metaphor referring to the stars and moon that are only visible in the dark of the night.