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A narrow Fellow in the Grass
A narrow Fellow in the Grass
by Emily Dickinson

A narrow Fellow in the Grass Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

Ballad Meter (mostly), with Regular RhymeClose to Common“A narrow Fellow in the Grass” is loosely based on what is called “common meter.” Common meter is the same sort of pattern you’d fi...

Speaker

Like the snake, the speaker in this poem is a key element. Of course, that's not saying much, since really those two are the only identifiable figures in the whole thing. Still, the speaker goes a...

Setting

The setting is the typical, gorgeous field taken straight out of an allergy medicine commercial. There’s tall grass and the occasional tree to provide shade from the happy sun. Imagine that it’...

Sound Check

Sound-wise, the biggest thing going on in this poem is the end rhyme of the second and fourth lines in each stanza. Oh sure, you'll find some use of alliteration here ("Boy, and Barefoot," "stoopin...

What's Up With the Title?

Emily Dickinson only titled one out of 1,789 poems she wrote, and this isn’t the one. Sometimes Dickinson poems are given numbers. Ralph Franklin, the Dickinson scholar of all Dickinson scholars,...

Calling Card

A Capital, Dashing Hymn that Will Take You Years to Understand"A narrow Fellow in the Grass” is so Emily Dickinson, it makes Emily Dickinson look like Sylvia Plath. Um, well, so maybe that doesn'...

Tough-o-Meter

(6) Tree Line The word order (a.k.a. syntax) of the poem is very confusing at times, but this is how Dickinson can squeeze multiple meanings out of words and phrases. Most of the lines break down i...

Trivia

Although Dickinson’s family was devout Calvinist Christian, she never could accept the teaching of “original sin” (when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge). (Source.) It could be tha...

Steaminess Rating

NC-17Truly, the sex rating depends on how you want to interpret that pesky snake. If you see it just a straight-up stand-in for a male body part, then we can see how things can quickly get risqué....

Allusions

Religious ReferencesThe serpent in the Garden of Eden (whole poem)Literary and Philosophical References“In Winter in my Room"—a poem Dickinson wrote that involves a worm/snake, Cordiality, and...

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