A Bird Came Down Poem by Emily Dickinson

A Bird Came Down

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A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.

He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,-
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head

Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home

Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, splashless, as they swim.

Monday, May 14, 2001
Topic(s) of this poem: bird
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Rebecca Bell 16 August 2010

I enjoy this poem. Emily Dickinson was the best poet.

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Annabel Lee 20 December 2009

Thus Emily, dear o' Emily, who shall thy be blessed for thy was a youngster, to I from thy bottom of thy heart, was dreadfully lost, lokcked up, wonderously, writting with thy passion of thy hands......... IN OTHER WORDS, IT ROCKS! ! ! ! !

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Andrew Holmes 24 March 2014

I propose that we stop these comments. Have you noticed that all that people say on these stupid comments is how THEY feel towards the poem... I honestly don't care at all about what you think of the poem. Maybe if you told a cool fact about the author, I could actually be entertained. Like this: Throughout her life she developed a case of agoraphobia, being reluctant to leave her own property, and sometimes even her own room. Anyways, I propose that you all stop posting these stupid comments. THEY ARE POINTLESS. Stop them. Stop them now!

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Lindbergh Hughes 21 January 2010

Emily is great! ! ! A very nice, sweet and beautiful poem.She describes very well that small image in her eyes.

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Adam Sobh 10 April 2009

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.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 13 January 2022

Like one in danger; cautious, I offered him a crumb, And he unrolled his feathers And rowed him softer home..................I just delve into the beauty of your expression! I can understand why people love and respect your poetry. Your spotlight on the theme carries perpetual value....timeless!

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David Wood 13 January 2022

She is one of the best poets, as is this poem.

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Chinedu Dike 13 January 2022

A beautiful creation.....

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Dr Antony Theodore 20 November 2020

And then he drank a dew From a convenient grass, And then hopped sidewise to the wall To let a beetle pass. very fine Poem. tony

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Dr Antony Theodore 13 October 2020

Like one in danger; cautious, I offered him a crumb, And he unrolled his feathers And rowed him softer home A great poem. tony

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