Study Guide

A narrow Fellow in the Grass Religion

By Emily Dickinson

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A narrow Fellow in the Grass (1)

It’s never clear who or what this fellow actually is about, and he remains a mysterious, hidden, and potentially evil figure like the “Fellow” that we meet in line 21.

When a Boy and Barefoot (11)

Barefoot is a form of nakedness (no word on whether the speaker was wearing a fig leaf) that is associated with freedom and innocence, as opposed to shame and fear.

Several of Nature’s People (17)

In Western culture, who is more representative of “Nature’s People” than Adam and Eve? These two were the closest to nature, likely, that humanity will ever be.

But never met this Fellow
Attended, or alone
Without a tighter breathing
And Zero at the Bone— (21-24)

How would you feel if you came face to face with the devil himself? We hope never to find out, but we can guess that "Zero at the Bone" is a pretty good way of describing such horror.

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