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Comment 8 of 98, added on February 26th, 2007 at 4:41 PM.
At first glance the poem is decieving but once the idea of the sunset is
established the meaning becomes clear and the description is beautiful.
The use of aliteration in the first line of the poem starts the poem out
Comment 7 of 98, added on December 14th, 2006 at 4:08 PM.
Its the sunset, and about mother nature.
Comment 6 of 98, added on December 16th, 2005 at 8:29 AM.
The poem truly captures the beauty of the sunset, showing its majestic
Holly from Bulgaria
Comment 5 of 98, added on September 25th, 2005 at 11:05 AM.
It seems there is some questioning as to the meaning within Emily's poem.
She is Not actually taking about a Housewife Sweeping. She is simply using
a sweeping housewife To Describe The Sunset.
In the first stanza, “She sweeps with many-colored Brooms -- And leaves the
Shreds behind --” is simply referring to the dramatic colors of the sunset
as its sweeps across the horizon, leaving “shreds“ of color everywhere.
By “Oh Housewife in the Evening West-” by using “housewife” she is
referring to the sun and it’s rays being swept away below the horizon...
the sun that sets in the “west“. "Come back, and dust the Pond!" is
referring to the colors the setting sun casts upon the surface of the
In the second stanza, “purple” ravellings and “amber” thread is referring
to the multiple streaks and hues in the sky at sunset. Which as a result
“littered all the East With duds of Emerald!”. With “east” being her east
America home in Amherst.
In the third stanza, “And still, she plies her spotted Brooms,” refers,
once again, to the multicolored rays of the sweeping sun. “And still the
Aprons fly,” is referring to the brightly colored clouds moving in the
“Till Brooms fade softly into stars-” is the final setting of the sun into
night. “And then I come away --” meaning she has finished viewing the
majestic beauty of the horizon after the sun departs.
I hope this helps to better understand the poem. It is truly gorgeous and
deserves to be fully understood by all!
from United States
Comment 4 of 98, added on July 1st, 2005 at 10:16 AM.
Very well constructed and almost intimidating...
next time you may want to consider an outline format!
But still very well expressed!
Brittany from United States
Comment 3 of 98, added on July 1st, 2005 at 4:34 AM.
ITS A VERY COMPLEX AND SLIGHTLY Hard to understand at the first glance, but
STAR from United Kingdom
Comment 2 of 98, added on November 18th, 2004 at 9:50 AM.
I think that in the Purple Ravelling sentence, Purple is the noun. It's
definitely a feminist poem as she in a way defends women through the poem.
Comment 1 of 98, added on October 19th, 2004 at 4:52 PM.
I like the poem I just want to see it in an outline form. So I can
understand it better.
from United States
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