Fame is a bee.
It has a song —
It has a sting —
Ah, too, it has a wing.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Fame is a bee.


  1. Jen says:

    Can anyone tell me if this is situational, dramatic or verbal irony? With explanation

  2. Almas says:

    It’s a very poweful poem; the image of the bee and all its qualites vividly describe fame. Fame is sweet to have, bitter in after-taste, and transient in nature.It can please you and it can hurt you; but, it can naver stay with you.

  3. gen says:

    this poem is about how fame is good and bad and can disappear quickly

  4. Taylor says:

    This poem is very short, but it tells a lot about how fame id good and bad.

  5. kaka says:

    i think that this poem is about how fame has its good and bads

  6. LALA says:


  7. Laura Donaldson says:

    Would this poem be best characterized as personification, an oxymoron, or as a metaphor? Was she humorous, positive, or realistic?
    Thank you for your input.

  8. Grace says:

    I think that this is a particualy lovely poem. I am thinking that it just talks basically about peoples times of fame, but hen it comes back to ‘sting’ you.
    To me, it puts a lovely vision in my head.

  9. Christina says:

    it was short but it was good

  10. Mary Lou says:

    I think that maybe emily was also possibly refering to Jesus Christ and his death on the cross. With the songs of the bee being the only way that bees can praise God, it symbolizes when Jesus came into Jerusalem on the donkey people were crying out Hossana and Mesiah and Lord, along with other praises, then The stinger symbolizes pain and angony, the pain that Christ felt dying on the cross for our sins. and then the wings possibly symbolizes the resurection of Christ on the 3rd day, and it is the 3rds thing mentioned about the bee.

  11. Eden Rochelle Padero says:

    It was too short poem but great and ineresting.

  12. morgan Sills says:

    it was weird.yet it was the truth of fame

  13. Tristen says:

    This poem expresses how fame captures people the same way and has its instant reactions but yea its good for a while. It does leave though….

  14. Tericca says:

    it was kewl, but weird it was short @ kewl!

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