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Analysis and comments on A narrow Fellow in the Grass by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 7 of 137, added on January 7th, 2005 at 6:10 PM.

The poem is about a snake and her fear of them. Poetry does not always
have to analyzed so deeply that you draw out things that are likely not
there. If anything because of her learning about Transcendentalism, this
could be an outlet of what she was learing about appreciating nature.
Also, she may identify with the snake because of its reclusive nature and
her desire to be reclusive. Don't over analyze or be so asanine when
analysizing poetry.

Alan from United States
Comment 6 of 137, added on January 4th, 2005 at 2:17 PM.

I think this poem is talking about a snake and how she feels about nature.
In many ways Emily Dickinson can relate to nature. The snake is sudden she
says you might stop when you see it's bone. Now the question that I ask
myself is Emily Dickinson scared of nature.

Arielle from United States
Comment 5 of 137, added on December 9th, 2004 at 12:26 AM.

personally.. i found this poem to be quite contradicting.. she states a
"narrow fellow in the grass" but if you read the poem with an open mind..
it has almost a sexual connotation to it.. anyone agree?

jess from United States
Comment 4 of 137, added on November 23rd, 2004 at 12:44 PM.

I enjoyed the heart felt feeling of this poem....
NOT SUCKERS this poem stinks like a fish in a suitcase!!!!!

M-dog from United States
Comment 3 of 137, added on November 8th, 2004 at 8:13 PM.

Well, you see, this is more of an explicit metaphor. This poem is also
titled "A Snake" in some books. When it says "The grass divides as with a
comb," she is talking about how the body of a snake parts the grass. And
later on it seems she is affraid of snakes (last stanza). Im sorry if this
is not in depth enough, but its best if you do most of your own annalysis,
then its easier to talk about.

Comment 2 of 137, added on October 26th, 2004 at 7:46 PM.

She is talking about a snake.

Comment 1 of 137, added on October 25th, 2004 at 6:50 PM.

I am not sure what animal she is speaking about. Please let me know what
this poem is all about. This is a homework assignment. Thanks for your


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Information about A narrow Fellow in the Grass

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 986. A narrow Fellow in the Grass
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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