Poet: Emily Dickinson
I cannot dance upon my Toes
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Comment 1 of 1, added on December 10th, 2009 at 9:37 PM.
In the first stanza, Dickinson is expressing how she cannot do something that she has not been taught ("No man instructed me-") She cannot help thinking the way she does.
The next three stanzas uses imagery to describe attire and movements typical for a ballerina. Dickisnon is saying that if she had been taught what she referred to in the first stanza, she would outdo all others of her kind. Even without putting in any real effort on her part, she would still be admired by her public.
Presently, even though she's not appreciated for her art (poetry), even though she's not popular (boasted by placards) she's still better at what she does than others.
Even though she refers to Ballet, she's talking about her poetry and responding to the criticism she received.
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