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Analysis and comments on Nature -- the Gentlest Mother is, by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 12 of 102, added on August 8th, 2010 at 11:48 PM.

i am recently doing a paper about the capitalized person dexis in her
poems. in this poem i actually think She represents those wemen who are
exploited by men just like natue exploited by human beings.

Echo from China
Comment 11 of 102, added on August 8th, 2010 at 1:12 PM.

thanxs a lot.......i was badly searcching 4 summary of this
poem...finally,got it...

deepali from India
Comment 10 of 102, added on July 5th, 2010 at 8:37 AM.
Nature the gentlest mother is

I respond to the post that suggests this as a veiled poem concerning
sexuality. Though a gay man myself, I find no trace of that in this poem
other than subsumed in the much larger project of describing life and death
of all living things. Instead, it seems to me that it is what it is, a
meditation on "Mother Nature", feminine to be sure, but not sexual as much
ss nurturing, and when the time comes, willing silence everywhere, which,
it again seems to me has to do with sleep, both for the night, and the
eventual sleep of all natural things, in death and decay. Aaron Copland
set this as one of his Twelve Poems of Emily Dickenson, for soprano and
piano, and is to be highly recommended as a beautiful reflection on this

Randall Giles from India
Comment 9 of 102, added on June 4th, 2009 at 9:20 PM.

Surely, Dickinson displays her homosexuality through poems such as
"Nature--the gentest mother is." Although debatable, such rhetoric is not
baseless—this poem itself provides great insight into the life of a great
poet about whom very little is know. Dickenson spent the later years of her
life in seclusion. Privately, she could have expressed her true nature
through poems she believed would be destroyed after her death. Her family
publicized her poems against her wishes. Note the feminine mood of the
poem: "The feeblest -- or the waywardest --
Her Admonition mild". Consider the line: "Her Golden finger on Her lip --
Wills Silence -- Everywhere" The use of "her" consecutively supports the
notion and image of a woman and a woman together in this line. Select word
choice such as "restraint" and "wills silence" suggest the inability to
hold back, suggestive of the nature of sex, lesbian or otherwise. I welcome
debate and additional comment on this topic.

Andy Marten from United States
Comment 8 of 102, added on February 4th, 2009 at 12:09 PM.

i love this poem its one of my favorits by her!its just so beautiful lol !
i hope to keep reading more of her work its just great!

chelsey from United States
Comment 7 of 102, added on April 17th, 2008 at 4:41 PM.

Although all these comments are great, but i have a different view of this
poem. Dickinson is turning to nature to find the comfort and support she
never found in her own mother. She's saying that unlike a human mother,
mother nature accepts all her children and comforts them.

Varvara from United States
Comment 6 of 102, added on June 11th, 2006 at 2:56 AM.

This poem is unnearvingly prelapsarian coming from the usually gothic E.D.
It is also interesting to note the way in which 'mother nature' is
described like God: "incites the timid prayer" - another clear indication
of her struggle with religious concepts; she describes 'god' in an
essential rather than existential way, thereby contrasting the flow of
nature with the mortality of living things or people. This leads to her use
of words like Waywardest, feeblest, restraining and suffice, all seem quite
restrictive and humble, and all symbolic of D's belief that mundane chores
are of infinite importance - because existentially speaking experience is
all there is. The use of these words in conjunction with the superlative
makes them almost oxymoronic, but hilight the awe with which everyday tasks
should be viewed (see ample make this bed, make this bed with 'awe' for
another good example).

Timian from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 102, added on June 2nd, 2006 at 8:57 PM.

I think she is comparing how nature moves at its own pace. There is no
way to hurry it. What will be will be. Animals fight, kill but nature
does not change it continues to do all it can to grow and survive. On the
other hand society imposes all sorts of restraints on wildnest. There are
norms and morals and yes, judgements. A certain way to be that moms are
to nurture into there children. Nature can be wild but not domesticated

kim from United States
Comment 4 of 102, added on April 19th, 2006 at 12:00 AM.

Mother Nature does not judge her children. To her they are all equally
beautiful. We could learn a thing or two from her. Proceed with an open

stephanie from United States
Comment 3 of 102, added on February 28th, 2006 at 4:47 AM.

i am an undergrad student currently at the university of san francisco,
USA, i have done a personal study on emily dickinson and absolutley love
her poetry. nature the gentles mother is i feel is a fantastic way of
viewing the way nature exists all around us. it includes some of the most
beautiful lines,one student in my class described the image of a big lady
swathed in a white nightgown bending over the earth and blowing out all the
street lamps, leaving only the brightly shining stars to light the
earth...an image i can now no longer get out of my head whenever i read the

anya from Canada

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 790. Nature -- the Gentlest Mother is,
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Mar 3 2003

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