The Sun — just touched the Morning —
The Morning — Happy thing —
Supposed that He had come to dwell —
And Life would all be Spring!

She felt herself supremer —
A Raised — Ethereal Thing!
Henceforth — for Her — What Holiday!
Meanwhile — Her wheeling King —
Trailed — slow — along the Orchards —
His haughty — spangled Hems —
Leaving a new necessity!
The want of Diadems!

The Morning — fluttered — staggered —
Felt feebly — for Her Crown —
Her unanointed forehead —
Henceforth — Her only One!

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  1. Ashley says:

    “The Sun Touched the Morning” is one of Emily Dickinson’s more famous poems. I believe the morning is narrating this poem and “she” is watching the sun arise upon the earth.
    She describes how beautiful it is, rising “slow along the orchard” (line 9). I believe the morning admires to the sun very much. She refers to it as her “wheeling king”(line 8) as if it were royalty. She explains how the sun makes her feel important “leaving a new necessity, the want for diadems” (lines 11-12). A diadem is crown or some kind of mark of royalty.
    Emily Dickinson doesn’t use a great deal of different kinds of figurative language in this poem, although she does use personification throughout the whole poem. She gives the sun many life-like features, such as “supposed that he had come too dwell, and life would be all spring” (lines 3-4). She refers to the sun as a “he”. She also refers to the morning as a she. “She felt her self supremer”(line 5). Another form of figurative language used in the poem metaphors such as “his haughty, spangled hems” (line 10).
    I believe what made this poem so popular was Emily’s unique style of writing it. Many people could watch a sunrise and feel no more but the chill of the wind. Although she notices things that ordinary people would not, which therefore makes this poem not only a spectacular poem to read but also a motivation to make you think about the earth around you.

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