The Rose did caper on her cheek —
Her Bodice rose and fell —
Her pretty speech — like drunken men —
Did stagger pitiful —

Her fingers fumbled at her work —
Her needle would not go —
What ailed so smart a little Maid —
It puzzled me to know —

Till opposite — I spied a cheek
That bore another Rose —
Just opposite — Another speech
That like the Drunkard goes —

A Vest that like her Bodice, danced —
To the immortal tune —
Till those two troubled — little Clocks
Ticked softly into one.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem The Rose did caper on her cheek

3 Comments

  1. Victoria says:

    The theme of this poem is simply: In the first two stanzas, a girl is described as a mentally and physically nervous or worried wreck. The speaker can’t figure out what’s going on, then the speaker sees a boy with the same symptoms and realizes that the two are in love.

  2. frumpo says:

    The shyness of young love.

  3. Heather says:

    I love this poem

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