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A Route of Evanescence

A Route of Evanescence

by Emily Dickinson

A Route of Evanescence Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Why is the speaker in awe of the hummingbird?
  2. If this is a nature poem, why does the speaker describe the hummingbird using human concepts and ideas like "Mail" and a "Wheel"?
  3. How does the poem's length influence your reading of it?
  4. Do you notice a shift between the first four lines and the last four lines of the poem? If so, what is the shift like?
  5. Have you ever been amazed by nature? If so, how?

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