Emily Dickinson

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

A Burdock&Mdash;Clawed My Gown - Poem by Emily Dickinson


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!

Comments about A Burdock&Mdash;Clawed My Gown by Emily Dickinson

  • (6/25/2018 1:47:00 AM)

    Inspiring _ intense in its brevity yet light hearted and fun, love it.💕💕 (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (4/11/2018 7:46:00 PM)

    I have read that this is about a political rivalry between her father and another politician- both of them who appear to have acted as ridiculously as politicians do today (Report) Reply

  • Ingeborg Von Finsterwalde (4/11/2018 12:54:00 PM)

    What an insightful woman Emily Dickinson was for the era she lived in. Her poetry is right on target. Such fun to read. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (4/11/2018 8:43:00 AM)

    Superb! We all are bound by our own swabhava. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (4/11/2018 7:46:00 AM)

    A Bog—affronts my shoe—
    What else have Bogs—to do—
    The only Trade they know—
    The splashing Men!
    Ah, pity—then! .........startling expression. Beautiful poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (4/11/2018 3:00:00 AM)

    The only Trade they know
    The splashing men.

    Nicely written and well communicated.
    Sylva-Onyema Uba.
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  • (4/11/2018 2:42:00 AM)

    A Burdock and a bog and minnows are not to blame for what they have to do with your actions- - - accept the responsibility and defend your actions.......superb write......thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/11/2018 1:22:00 AM)

    Such a fine poem by Emily Dickinson👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/11/2018 1:12:00 AM)

    Look further on! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/26/2017 9:33:00 AM)

    The only Trade they know—
    The splashing Men!
    Nicely penned.
    Thanks poet.
    (Report) Reply

  • (1/22/2016 7:07:00 AM)

    not the best E.D.'s poem, but still an interesting write (Report) Reply

  • (1/20/2016 2:27:00 PM)

    always loved the great emily (Report) Reply

  • (11/22/2014 10:04:00 AM)

    this poem is about seeing beyond the problem at hand and taking responsibility for your actions. Burdock and bog did what they do the fault is mine for getting to close. Am I small and curse the thorn or do I see my fault and take responsibility for it? (Report) Reply

  • (5/3/2014 9:21:00 AM)

    Fun stuff. I don't really understand this poem, but it is beautiful nonetheless. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/25/2014 5:35:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (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....
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  • 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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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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