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Analysis and comments on It sifts from Leaden Sieves by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 8 of 58, added on February 4th, 2008 at 11:12 AM.

I don't think this is showing nature as powerful, so much as beatiful

Comment 7 of 58, added on April 18th, 2006 at 3:25 PM.

well I just wanted to say that though it was a little bit difficult to find
out what the poem is about but it's a really deep metaphor that
personificates nature and that shows its power

sakina from Morocco
Comment 6 of 58, added on January 31st, 2006 at 10:57 PM.

Some of the other interpretations are ludicrous (like this one: "an
extended meaphor that personifies the word "it" as a skilled cosmetican and
seamtress, who are beautifying an aging woman.")

In many cases Emily is describing a scene, and in this poem she is
describing several settings that are affected by snowfall = "it"

snowflakes are like powder on the trees in the wood...
it smoothes out a bumpy road...
it blankets the jagged edges of a mountain and it blankets the plain...
wraps around each rail on the fence...
wraps around each wrist of posts, looking like white ankle muffs a queen
might wear...

of course "it" is snow: this poem is a series of personifications of snow
and its effects.

JZ from United States
Comment 5 of 58, added on January 2nd, 2006 at 9:58 AM.

this poem does have a deeper meaning. There is an extended meaphor that
personifies the word "it" as a skilled cosmetican and seamtress, who are
beautifying an aging woman.

Becky from Portugal
Comment 4 of 58, added on November 14th, 2005 at 8:01 PM.

I really don't understand this poem! i have to write a paper on and i was
wondering if anyone had any helpful information.

Carrie from United States
Comment 3 of 58, added on June 14th, 2005 at 9:36 PM.

I love this poem. There isn't really anyvery deep meaning to it,and what we
usually look for in Dickinson's poetry is a deep meaning. This poem is
about a snowstorm.

Samantha from United States
Comment 2 of 58, added on April 27th, 2005 at 12:17 PM.

This poem is hard to understand

Melissa from United States
Comment 1 of 58, added on April 22nd, 2005 at 12:49 PM.

i am not sure but from my understanding this poem puts nature as the
equalizer of all mankind. nothing can hide from it and it does not
differentiate between any man.


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Information about It sifts from Leaden Sieves

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 311. It sifts from Leaden Sieves
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: May 23 2003

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