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A Route of Evanescence
A Route of Evanescence
by Emily Dickinson

Speaker Point of View

Who is the speaker, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?

Our speaker seems to be something of a nature buff. In using terms like "Emerald" and "Cochineal"—terms that have specifically natural connotations—we know that she's something of a smarty-pants. She may even be a bit of a perfectionist, since she uses these extremely specific shades and colors instead of just the regular old color-words that you or I might use.

At the same time, however, the speaker is not a know-it-all, as nature seems to amuse, admire, and (importantly) bewilder her. She knows a lot about nature, but she also knows that she doesn't know a lot about nature. Still, that doesn't stop her from letting her mind wander off on an exploration of the natural world. Luckily for us, her mind lets us tag along!

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