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Analysis and comments on A Route of Evanescence by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 10 of 40, added on March 3rd, 2010 at 12:32 PM.
A Route of Evanescence

The poem is about a hummingbird! I just studied it in a college class. Line
1: "A route of evanescence"--in a letter to a friend, Dickinson said this
was a reference to a humminbird. Line 2: With a revolving wheel: Hello! A
revolving wheel is the hummingbird's wings, which revolve extremely fast!
Line 3 &4: "A Resonance of Emerald--A Rush of Cochineal"--green and bright
red; the hummingbird's gorgeous color. Line 5&6: "Every Blossom on the Bush
Adjusts its tumbled Head--" Hummingbird is getting nectar and pollinating
blossoms. Lines 7 & 8: The mail from Tunis, probably, An easy Morning's
Ride--" A hummingbird travels so fast, going to Africa and back in one
morning is nothing for it! Come on, I'm on 16--this poem is not hard to

Hallie from United States
Comment 9 of 40, added on November 25th, 2009 at 7:09 PM.

Itīs the description of a hummingbird flying

Gui from Brazil
Comment 8 of 40, added on April 21st, 2008 at 2:00 AM.

I don't think it has anything to do with sex at all...Actually, the first
thing that comes to mind, for me, is the advent of the steam-engine powered
train. Would have occurred around the right time period--still new enough
for someone as secluded as Dickinson to be skeptical. And...it makes
perfect sense in that context--The first line refers to the steam itself,
the second to the 'wheels' of the train and its cars, the colors could be
of the train, or some other significance to Dickinson--she did love her
color play...

The speed of the train would blow the flowers, thus giving them need to
'adjust' their 'tumbled heads'...whew. For the last--the skepticism. Tunis
was a Mediterranean city--perhaps her playful nature and general sarcasm
were at play here--as if there were a train fast enough--or capable
of--bringing mail from across the sea.

Amanda from United States
Comment 7 of 40, added on May 4th, 2005 at 1:24 PM.

its about doin it get it real

ghetto fab from Iraq
Comment 6 of 40, added on April 15th, 2005 at 9:42 AM.

I really didn't know what the poem mean at first, but i think i understand
it a little. I think it's talking about something that is flying, like a
bird or somekind of bee.

Jeff Garcia from Indonesia
Comment 5 of 40, added on February 23rd, 2005 at 4:57 PM.

I really do not understand Emily's poem....I cannot understand the basics
of this poem... I dont know why though... I always do

ChoVanne from United Kingdom
Comment 4 of 40, added on December 13th, 2004 at 10:05 PM.

It's about sex. No really. A rush of "cochineal" - red - signifies blood or
passion. The Head of a penis or blossom of a bush. "mail" to "male" -

rawr from United States
Comment 3 of 40, added on December 2nd, 2004 at 2:18 PM.

I'm coursing Literature I at college and yesterday, I I had to analyse this
poem. My reading was that the lyrical I, was describing the appearence of
this humming bird -its wings, its color, its sound, by means of an
sustained metaphor.Then, regarding the last two lines of the poem, the poet
mentions the "mail" which represents the pollen it carries from one far
away flower to another.

What do you think of my analysis???

Monica from Argentina
Comment 2 of 40, added on November 23rd, 2004 at 11:47 AM.

Is it possible that the last two lines simply suggest that because the
hummingbird flies so quickly, that a delivery all the way from Northern
Africa would only be an easy morning trip? Maybe I am oversimplifying!

Kristin Warner from United States
Comment 1 of 40, added on October 31st, 2004 at 1:41 AM.

I've spent a decade reading Miss Emily, this one I cannot grasp.
Lines one-through-six are excellent.
Then she goes totally oblique with the mail from Tunis
being as easy morning's ride.
Miss Emily was not above toying with the reader (remembering, only a
handful of people saw
a few dozen of her poems), if we use her letters
as indicative of her playfulness, and sometimes intent
to mislead.
So, what do the last two lines mean? Was this just
a day where she tired and threw in the last two lines?
The quatrain was her form; are we supposed to be looking at two quatrains,
there are eight lines, did she just not leave a space between the two

If anyone can define the last two lines of this
ditty, please...

jerrygarner from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1463. A Route of Evanescence
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 12 2010

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