emily dickenson poem 328

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Emily Dickinson’s poem number 328, or “A Bird came down the Walk”, is a representation of the separation of nature from humans who want to tame it. She shows this very well by giving underlying meanings, symbolism, and underlying tones. The poem starts out with “A Bird came down the Walk” ( line 1), this is representative of a person walking down the sidewalk. Since humans have made such technological advances, like sidewalks, we are no longer walking down paths in the woods. This shows how as humans become more technologically advanced we are moving away from nature. Also in this stanza is the line, “He bit an Angleworm in halves”(3). In nature animals do not have the concept of halves, or what it means to divide something in half. This is another representation of the human race’s seperation from nature. It is representative in the fact that she is trying to give the bird a human trait which it doesn’t know. It shows that humans are more sophisticated because, we divide up our food before we eat it. In the second stanza Dickinson shows this comparison with an underlying tone when she says the bird drank “From a convenient Grass”,(6). Grass sounds a lot like glass, and glasses are what humans drink from. She is trying to give the idea of the bird doing another human activity. This is also another representation of humans becoming more sophisticated and moving away from nature, we no longer drink from the leaves and grass but from actual glasses. Dickinson shows the bird doing another human activity in this stanza. “And then hopped sideways to the Wall/ To let a Beetle pass” (lines 7&8) The bird is moving out of its way to let a beetle go by, but you would normally think that the bird would not even notice a beetle unless it was hungry. This also gives the bird a human trait, politeness. This is another representation of humans moving away from

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