Blazing in Gold and quenching in Purple

Blazing in Gold and quenching in Purple
Leaping like Leopards to the Sky
Then at the feet of the old Horizon
Laying her spotted Face to die
Stooping as low as the Otter’s Window
Touching the Roof and tinting the Barn
Kissing her Bonnet to the Meadow
And the Juggler of Day is gone

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Blazing in Gold and quenching in Purple


  1. Chas Davis says:

    The poem could be about the sun,
    or it could be about day lilies,
    or about both.

  2. Amanda Collier says:

    I think the word choice in this poem is very important in portraying the sun. The very physical words, such as Laying, Stooping, Touching, and Kissing, help the illusion of movement throughout it’s entirety. The lines in this poem also have more beats that Dickinson’s usually do giving it yet again a sense of movement but also of fluidity. By starting the lines off with clear actions and then following them through, Dickinson helps the reader along.
    The use of nature in this poem helps personify the sun. Normally we don’t give to much daily thought to the sun, but in this poem we imagine the sun dancing and playing over the fields and then disappearing at night. I like that she chooses to describe the sun as a juggler since jugglers are energetic and create excitement. This poem seems to be one of her more happy works.

  3. Fiona says:

    this is a beautiful poem about a sunset. the word painting is absolutely gorgeous. emily compares the sun to a leopard and talks about it kissing a barn and laying it’s head in the meadow as it sets. lovin it.

  4. John Beef says:

    I like it a lot! Matter of fact,I absolutely love it!!!

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