Cocoon above! Cocoon below!
Stealthy Cocoon, why hide you so
What all the world suspect?
An hour, and gay on every tree
Your secret, perched in ecstasy
Defies imprisonment!

An hour in Chrysalis to pass,
Then gay above receding grass
A Butterfly to go!
A moment to interrogate,
Then wiser than a “Surrogate,”
The Universe to know!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Cocoon above! Cocoon below!

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  1. RubyAnn says:

    This poem helps me realize how Emily dickinson feels when she stayed in her house for the past 10 years of her life.She spends most of her time writing poem about nature,love,her life, and some other things.I think that the only way she could refresh her memory is by writing all of the things that is happening to her life.She is like a pupa waiting for to be a butterfly.

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