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A Dying Tiger&Mdash;Moaned For Drink - Poem by Emily Dickinson


A Dying Tiger—moaned for Drink—
I hunted all the Sand—
I caught the Dripping of a Rock
And bore it in my Hand—

His Mighty Balls—in death were thick—
But searching—I could see
A Vision on the Retina
Of Water—and of me—

'Twas not my blame—who sped too slow—
'Twas not his blame—who died
While I was reaching him—
But 'twas—the fact that He was dead—

Comments about A Dying Tiger&Mdash;Moaned For Drink by Emily Dickinson

  • Kimmy 3/4/2020 12:42:00 PM

    what kind of people are you? Reply

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  • Indira Renganathan 10/19/2016 10:12:00 AM

    All praises have been said already by many poets here.. I only have to say that this poem has given me an any-time visual of the content to my heart....you are ever a great poet Emily Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik 9/22/2016 12:54:00 AM

    A superb poem displaying the role of the destiny and reiterating the saying man proposes but god disposes. Thanks for sharing it here. Reply

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  • Susan Williams 4/14/2016 5:08:00 PM

    Emily Dickinson wrote many poems that explored this theme of “too little too late, ” It is a sad end when you try so hard to make a difference in life but she knew that was the more likely outcome to her attempt to change the course of fate. I enjoyed her words: sped too slow twas not his blame- who died. Emily can have a fairly tart outlook- she is not all peaches and cream by any means Reply

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  • Leela Chandra 10/31/2015 3:08:00 AM

    Emily's poems were not conventional as these were written solely for the purpose of expressing herself. In seeking publication it appears that her motive was more to be have some acknowledgement of her emotions than just fame. Reading her biography she appears to be a highly sensitive person who lived with herself much more than others. She observed everything very thoroughly and attached herself with little events so much so that she could see poetry everywhere. With this reference if we reflect on her current poem - She is talking about a man she thought of as very strong and is referring here as Tiger. Somewhere the two shared a very strong bond of trust. Emily tried all she could while dying tiger carried the vision of Emily and what she carried with herself (reference of water) which was so precious to the dying master and he craved for in his last breath. Most probably she felt it was wrong thing to happen that they could not meet before his death but her intelligence told her that it was no one's fault. So it appears that she abruptly ended the poem as she could not convince herself entirely with what she wrote in last para. Reply

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  • Colleen Courtney 6/19/2014 10:31:00 PM

    Yes peoples! She is speaking of the tigers eyeballs! Lol. I really love the first two stanzas but for some reason I find the whole last one just doesn't resonate well with the first two. I think she could have come up with a better way to end the piece while still having him die in the end.
    Love your little ditty there Capt'n! ! ! !

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  • Michelle Claus 6/19/2014 11:46:00 AM

    I hadn't interpreted this poem in the *Rated R* way, but doing so certainly alters its tone. ;) Interpreting this work more mournfully, and with yearning, it haunts me. Do not care for its final line, but this central line captivates me: I could see a vision of the retina of water. This line swirls in mystique for my humble mind. Reply

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  • Steve Lang 6/19/2014 6:48:00 AM

    Didn't realise ED could be quite so naughty....delicious! ! Reply

    Smol Mad Rad Cat (6/19/2014 5:03:00 PM)

    I do believe that she meant 'balls' as in 'eyeballs'. ]n[

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  • Captain Cur 6/19/2014 5:45:00 AM

    Emily was clever
    when she brought that drink
    she knew what every man
    who had a set
    would ultimately think.

    That's about as profound as I get.

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  • Angelina Holmes 5/4/2014 8:16:00 AM

    Oh. poor tiger. Lots of empathy for the dying beauty. Reply

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  1. The Tiger

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  2. Tiger--Tiger!

    What of the hunting, hunter bold? Brother, the watch was long and cold. What of the quarry ye went to kill? Brother, he crops in the jungle still. Where is the power that made your pride? Brother, it ebbs from my flank and side. Where is the haste that ye hurry by? Brother, I go to my lair to die!

  3. Elegy Upon Tiger

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  4. *royal Bengal Tiger

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