Her little Parasol to lift
And once to let it down
Her whole Responsibility —
To imitate be Mine.

A Summer further I must wear,
Content if Nature’s Drawer
Present me from sepulchral Crease
As blemishless, as Her.

Analysis, meaning and summary of the poem by

1 Comment

  1. art chapman says:

    Ms.Dickinson is one of the most enigmatic of poets for all time. Who is the “she” in this poem? What is the meaning of the parasol? I haven’t researched her notes for a clue, but I think it is a symbol for the power to defend oneself against the elements of our human frailties. She is a girl, and she is a woman—strong in her fallability. Then, perhaps I am without a clue!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding the meaning or the theme of this poem better? If they are accepted, they will be added to this page of American Poems. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination.