Study Guide

The Lightning is a yellow Fork Man and the Natural World

By Emily Dickinson

Man and the Natural World

The Lightning is a yellow Fork (1)

This poem begins with a playful engagement with the natural world, which highlights both the amazing, alien qualities of nature and our closeness to it.

The Apparatus of the Dark (7)

The "Apparatus" in question here seems to be nature itself. After all, the lightning's flash is what makes this whole string of associated images possible.

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