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(359)[A Bird Came Down The Walk] By Emily Dickinson

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The speaker observes a bird, which has come down to the Walk. The bird is unaware of the speaker’s presence, which allows the speaker to observe the bird in its natural environment. The bird discovers a worm, and bites it in half, before eating it. The emphasis of the word ‘raw’ serves to highlight the difference between men and birds. A man usually cooks his food/meat, while animals in nature do not feel the need. They are in-tune with nature, and it provides for them, in a harmonious manner. Angelworm begins with a capital letter- this may either serve to personify the worm, or to highlight the importance of ever creature, in nature. Dickson does this several times throughout the poem.

Stanza two further emphasises the creature’s harmonious relationship with nature, as the bird ‘drinks’ the dew on the grass. The grass is described as ‘convenient’, as the grass is immediately there to quench the bird’s thirst, without the bird having to hunt for something to drink. The fact that the bird moves sideways in order to make way for the bird, highlights the harmonious relationship that those in nature have. It is also evident that the bird has either had enough to eat, or that he does not eat beetles, as he does not move to attack the beetle. The words “Grass”, “Dew” and “Beetle” all begin with capital letters in the middle, or at the end of, sentences. This highlights the importance of nature in the poem. Nature is given a high status.
The bird changes from a relaxed, natural state, to an alert, fearful one, in stanza three. This is most likely due to him noticing the presence of the human speaker. The bird looks around with eyes that move quickly. His eyes are compared to beads- small and most likely shiny. The term ‘beady’ can also imply that the bird is looking keenly at his environment. The bird appears to be frightened, which is most likely a natural survival instinct. He has possibly noticed the observer and is frightened of the human. While the bird interacts with nature in a relaxed manner, he is frightened of humans. The bird’s head is compared to velvet, a soft, silky texture, possibly of a rich colour. This emphasises the natural beauty of nature.
In stanza four, the speaker becomes aware that the bird has noticed their presence. The speaker is cautious, and offers the bird a crumb, trying not to startle him. However, the...

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