Emily Dickinson

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

A Bird Came Down - Poem by Emily Dickinson

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.

Topic(s) of this poem: bird


Comments about A Bird Came Down by Emily Dickinson

  • HonkHonk (11/18/2019 8:08:00 PM)

    honk honk honk honk honk (Report)Reply

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  • kalib (9/20/2019 11:04:00 AM)

    there need to be tuna fish poems (Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/11/2019 4:17:00 AM)

    great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/11/2019 4:16:00 AM)

    superb and great

    He glanced with rapid eyes
    That hurried all abroad, -
    They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
    He stirred his velvet head
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  • Haidee Majola (11/16/2018 7:18:00 AM)

    Then what a style to bring to the readers mind's eye the elegant, smooth graceful flight of this bird as it escaped to safety...in the last verse! . Amazingly gifted with words this Emily yah! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Practicing PoetessPracticing Poetess (11/16/2018 1:57:00 AM)

    A characteristic Emily Dickinson poem, as she frequently wrote about her observances of nature. (Report)Reply

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  • James Hart (9/26/2018 6:44:00 AM)

    Love the poem but don’t understand the last verse. (Report)Reply

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  • Banana person (9/24/2018 10:10:00 AM)

    This poem is so nice! (Report)Reply

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  • Practically a Poet (8/13/2018 2:25:00 AM)

    Lovely poem. Emily Dickinson is one of my favourite poets! (Report)Reply

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  • Cara.P (3/29/2018 1:43:00 PM)

    Lovely poem, good concept and key words (Report)Reply

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  • dunks (3/7/2018 4:13:00 PM)

    a bird alone performing; is a joy beho
    lden to a watcher of the wild, on any street or path, surely ajoy to last
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  • Morgan Michaels (2/21/2018 8:45:00 PM)

    'And he unrolled his feathers/And rowed him softer home/Than oars divide the ocean-

    Pure, simple, Shakespearian word magic, without having to slog through the play, entire. Tender. Immortal. No better poetic identification with a fellow creature.
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  • Israj Ali (2/7/2018 4:40:00 AM)

    Great poem by Emily Dickson - -beautiful- -divide the ocean- -good imagination (Report)Reply

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  • Invisible One I Am Not HereInvisible One I Am Not Here (1/26/2018 3:08:00 PM)

    oops comment below was for your other poem! do not seem to be able to remove it. sory x (Report)Reply

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  • Invisible One I Am Not HereInvisible One I Am Not Here (1/26/2018 12:40:00 PM)

    Just beautiful... Love makes no sense but when you find it you just know and you feel it x (Report)Reply

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  • sharon (1/10/2018 2:18:00 PM)

    it is best to let you be i really dont know, i do know for a act he is the apple of your eye// i doont expect anyone to change i would never do that // but honestly it would kind of freak me out oh good grief /i dont want everyone marching around angry (Report)Reply

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  • Pennie Pan (12/2/2017 3:20:00 AM)

    Um...This should be a narrative poem right? (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (9/26/2017 1:19:00 PM)

    He glanced with rapid eyes..captivating lines...Great write! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (9/26/2017 9:31:00 AM)

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

    Great write, thanks poet.
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  • Resh Kav (6/25/2017 7:57:00 AM)

    Good imagery... nice to read (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 3, 2015


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