Study Guide

The Lightning is a yellow Fork Tough-o-Meter

By Emily Dickinson

Tough-o-Meter

(7) Snow Line

We bet you took a look at the first line and thought this poem was going to be a walk in the park on a balmy day. Suddenly – eep! – you realized that you were standing at the base of a glacier in a pair of flip-flops. Yep ... good old Emily D. will do that to you. The first image of this poem is deceptively easy to work out, but the rest of it really packs an abstract theological punch. Get ready to strap some crampons on those sandals.