Emily Dickinson

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

I stepped from plank to plank


I stepped from plank to plank
So slow and cautiously;
The stars about my head I felt,
About my feet the sea.

I knew not but the next
Would be my final inch,--
This gave me that precarious gait
Some call experience.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Edited: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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  • Ana Meen (5/26/2006 4:18:00 AM)

    For teachers who would like to teach this poem, it is important that you ask abut the speaker, making inferences of his/her personality, dispositions and inclinations. The speaker here is a person who adores challenges, brave enough to risk although he/she has no clue what is behind the corner. This speaker looks like the mother in 'Mother to Son' By langston Hughes. Both introduce a fearless person who doesn't hesitate to explore the hidden and learn a valuable lesson to use in the future. The speaker is also optimistic as he/she shows a positive outlook to life and its barriers. (Report) Reply

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