Nature and God — I neither knew
Yet Both so well knew me
They startled, like Executors
Of My identity.

Yet Neither told — that I could learn —
My Secret as secure
As Herschel’s private interest
Or Mercury’s affair —

Analysis, meaning and summary of the poem by

2 Comments

  1. tai wai lee says:

    The universe possesses the secrecy of man,
    Man is peeping into the secrecy of the universe;
    If the man’s brain is the masterpiece of God,
    Does the man have any doubt Who God is?

  2. Barbara Campbell says:

    For a short poem, this is amazingly deep. I think she was admitting that for all we think we know, only nature and God know our inmost secrets and don’t reveal them, and like executors, our lives are controlled by them. A deep mystery.

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Your email address will not be published.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.