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Emily Dickinson - If Nature smiles -- the Mother must

If Nature smiles -- the Mother must
I'm sure, at many a whim
Of Her eccentric Family --
Is She so much to blame?

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If Nature smiles -- the Mother must - Comments and Information

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1085. If Nature smiles -- the Mother must
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Sep 12 2003

Comment 1 of 1, added on January 25th, 2005 at 6:38 AM.

people associate nature with the "mother" of the mother figure. Nature in itself is full of imperfection, yet it is beautiful. The poem seems to question the notion that "mother" nature is always blamed when things go wrong. There is a double intent here. Mother is blamed in a family when things go wrong. The poet seems to say that this is not fair. In this sense the poem can be given a feminist reading. It shows that all life and blame is sometimes eccentric and misdirected.

yichaelle from Sri Lanka

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