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Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

A Burdock—clawed my Gown


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A Burdock—clawed my Gown—
Not Burdock's—blame—
But mine—
Who went too near
The Burdock's Den—

A Bog—affronts my shoe—
What else have Bogs—to do—
The only Trade they know—
The splashing Men!
Ah, pity—then!

'Tis Minnows can despise!
The Elephant's—calm eyes
Look further on!

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/14/2014 9:04:00 PM)

    .......I like this stanza much...
    ~A Bog—affronts my shoe—
    What else have Bogs—to do—
    The only Trade they know—
    The splashing Men!
    Ah, pity—then! ~ (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (8/1/2012 5:06:00 AM)

    I think im getting the gist of this, a burdock clawed my gown, not burdocks blame, mine....went too near the burdocks den, i think the burdock is a thistly man (not literally but a man who gave her sharp pain or reactions)
    Bog i think maybe sheer lowest emotion disgust, and maybe (Men) in capitals is expressing the wider vein, as in Man which covers male female... her
    Tis minnows can despise.... a minnow used as bait (often) and is tiny i think the elephant was chosen for its stature as much as its eyes.... i think much of her writes, baring in mind they were written privately for her, i believe they are (the ones ive read so far) a painfilled complaint of being rebuffed...I do believe if she knew these were in print now, she might be more than horrified.... (Report) Reply

  • Adam Sobh (4/10/2009 11:53:00 AM)

    I'm doing a project on Emily Dickinson for my 11th grade American Literature class, and i need to find a poem by Miss Emily Dickinson and then analyze it, i chose this poem, but i don't really understand it, so if anybody could please explain it to me and help me to better understand it, i would be extremely grateful. (Report) Reply

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