A Mien to move a Queen —
Half Child — Half Heroine —
An Orleans in the Eye
That puts its manner by
For humbler Company
When none are near
Even a Tear —
Its frequent Visitor —

A Bonnet like a Duke —
And yet a Wren’s Peruke
Were not so shy
Of Goer by —
And Hands — so slight —
They would elate a Sprite
With Merriment —

A Voice that Alters — Low
And on the Ear can go
Like Let of Snow —
Or shift supreme —
As tone of Realm
On Subjects Diadem —

Too small — to fear —
Too distant — to endear —
And so Men Compromise
And just — revere —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem A Mien to move a Queen


  1. judee says:

    I think this is about Queen Victoria, a very little lady with “Hands — so slight” and a “Voice that alters — low.” .

  2. 碧海澄波星月朗 says:

    a squirrel,or something like that,as a metaphor of herself

  3. frumpo says:

    People respect (not fear or love) this amazing woman who is both majestic and humble.

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