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

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Apparently with no Surprise

Apparently with no surprise,
To any happy flower,
The frost beheads it at its play,
In accidental power.
The blond assassin passes on.
The sun proceeds unmoved,
To measure off another day,
For an approving God.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


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  • Vashon Anderson (6/12/2006 11:01:00 PM)

    In Emily Dickinson's poem 'Apparently With No Surprise', the author tells the reader a story of nature acting out its part. A late frost settles on newly bloomed flowers and kills them while the sun passes on unaffected by this event. Dickinson uses this example of nature as a metaphor of life. Just as nature must do what nature does without regard to the outcome, so must God let life go on without interruption or favoritism. The forces of nature were set in motion long ago, and God does not change those things. Similarly, man was given his agency, of choice, long ago, and God also will not change that; man must undergo whatever circumstances his choice brings about.

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