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Analysis and comments on There came a Wind like a Bugle -- by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 6 of 10, added on May 1st, 2009 at 3:37 AM.

Dickinsons uses a plethora of laguage technique to evoke the devastating
storm. The mood changes quite allot of times. The mood in the beginning was
a suspenseful mood however the mood develops into a ominous and painful
mood in halfway and concludes with a melancholy and solemn mood

william from New Zealand
Comment 5 of 10, added on February 28th, 2009 at 8:25 AM.

Cited by the English journalist Paul Johnson as saying the last word on the
myth of global warming and much else besides. ("A time for American poets
to speak out in warning" The Spectator - 21 February 2009). But he does say
previously "If I could only have one American poet on my desert island I
would surely pick Emerald Emily, as I call her, because she shines so
brightly and greenly" so not all senior comment then :-)

William Boyd from United Kingdom
Comment 4 of 10, added on March 17th, 2006 at 3:39 PM.

I interpreted "Emerald Ghost" as being the greenish air that appears before
a tornado that is unwanted , so they lock everything up.

Jacqueline from Canada
Comment 3 of 10, added on November 26th, 2005 at 11:30 AM.

For a haunting recount, listen to the poem set to a song for mezzo/soprano
and piano by Aaron Copland. On "Song of America" by mezzo soprano Jan
DeGaeatani. Very amazing!

Casey from United States
Comment 2 of 10, added on November 16th, 2005 at 4:15 PM.

I especially like how she compares the wind that announces the approach of
a storm to a bugle, an instrument that was at one point often used to warn
or announce something. What I did not fully comprehend was line six, about
the "Emerald Ghost." If someone could share their thoughts on this that'd
be great!

Krista
Comment 1 of 10, added on November 9th, 2005 at 7:20 AM.

I interpreted this poem that it was describing a storm is on it's way. It
said "the rivers where the houses ran" and "the bell within the steeple
wild" and lastly "we barred the windows and the doors" It's as if they
were preparing themselves for a strong storm. Some type of natural disaster
that could destroy them physically, emotionally and spiritually. I also
thought it could have been talking about how a she went through a difficult
time and she compared her feelings to a raging storm. Metaphorically
speaking of course. I felt as though she did a good job comparing herself
to nature. You just had to read between the lines in order to see things as
she perceived them.

Elizabeth from United States

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Information about There came a Wind like a Bugle --

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1593. There came a Wind like a Bugle --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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