How many times these low feet staggered

How many times these low feet staggered —
Only the soldered mouth can tell —
Try — can you stir the awful rivet —
Try — can you lift the hasps of steel!

Stroke the cool forehead — hot so often —
Lift — if you care — the listless hair —
Handle the adamantine fingers
Never a thimble — more — shall wear —

Buzz the dull flies — on the chamber window —
Brave — shines the sun through the freckled pane —
Fearless — the cobweb swings from the ceiling —
Indolent Housewife — in Daisies — lain!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem How many times these low feet staggered

4 Comments

  1. frumpo says:

    A suffering housewife dies, and Nature lives on.

  2. stella says:

    this poem isn’t about steel it is about a tomb with all respects of it rotting. it is showing how hard the housewife had worked just to become rotted by the sun and ate by flies. Also getting covered by cobwebs. Whoever Miguel is sure is shallow for thinking it was about steel.

  3. Miguel says:

    I hated this poem because everything is about STEEL!!!! I think there was something wrong with this Dickinson GiRl… she’s nutsssssss

  4. b says:

    this poem rock im studing poems i skool and this 1 was great

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Your email address will not be published.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 by Emily Dickinson better? If accepted, your analysis 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.