A narrow Fellow in the Grass
by Emily Dickinson
A narrow Fellow in the Grass Awe and Amazement Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
His notice instant is— (4)
Notice how stating the surprise in a “normal” way doesn’t compare to the moments of surprise that contain poetic imagery. The question is, who notices who?
Have passed I thought a Whip Lash (13)
“[T]hought” sets you up for the amazing transformation of the snake. The snake first exists in the speaker's mind (mistakenly) as a whip, but then "transforms" into the reality of a snake. The reflection seems tinged with amazement in this moment, as the previously-assumed reality in the mind twists into a new, snake-y reality for the speaker.