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Comment 9 of 99, 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.
from United States
Comment 8 of 99, 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 99, 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.
from United States
Comment 6 of 99, 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).
from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 99, 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 99, 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 99, 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
Comment 2 of 99, added on December 7th, 2005 at 4:26 PM.
I think this poem is about how mother nature looks over our earth, and how
she nurtures us with her poer.. just as suggestion
Candace from Canada
Comment 1 of 99, added on February 15th, 2005 at 12:27 PM.
We were given this poem to do a project on. May I say it is definetly the
from United States
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