Two butterflies went out at Noon —
And waltzed upon a Farm —
Then stepped straight through the Firmament
And rested, on a Beam —

And then — together bore away
Upon a shining Sea —
Though never yet, in any Port —
Their coming, mentioned — be —

If spoken by the distant Bird —
If met in Ether Sea
By Frigate, or by Merchantman —
No notice — was — to me —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Two butterflies went out at Noon —


  1. anonymous says:

    to me this poem is talking about a relationship. either a friendship or possibly even more. it talks about how two people go on adventures toghther over the years, sharing the same beliefs and then how they go in their own directions but forever carrying their memories they had together.

  2. bobby says:

    i think that she is the butterfly and the other one is her lover and they want to go and explore new places together

  3. Maria says:

    This is a great poem, but I also think that there’s a deeper meaning, other than just two butterflies. to me, two butterflies could be any person, any creature. The significance of using butterflies as an example is that the wording comes naturally. imagine a poem like that with
    “two people went out at noon to go on an adventure onto the shining sea.” nope, that’s not a poem people would want to read, most likely. but the main thing is that they’re going on an adventure, surprising different places. in reality it has nothing to do with the shining sea.
    this is probably one of the most beautiful poems I have ever heard.

  4. Steve says:

    i like this poem actually, i think its a really good poem. its mainly about butterflies going around everywhere and landing different places just like what she wants to do only she wants to explore new places.

  5. Mandi says:

    This poem means a lot of things but the major thing it means is that she herself is the butterfly and wants to explore new places.

  6. Jessica says:

    I think this poem is beautiful and i think its talking about butterflies woundering around exploring new places.

  7. David Gershon says:

    I transcribed this poem as I thought I heard it while listening to the movie “Autumn in New York.” Now, a week later, it first occurred to me to do a “google” search to discover if I had all the words right, and who is the author. I offer my own transcription, as it makes more sense to me than the original I just found on this website. I’m still not sure what to do with the first “Be(e).” Other interpretations gladly accepted.

    Two butterflies went out at noon,
    And waltzed above a stream.

    Then stepped straight through the firmament,
    And rested on a Be(e).

    And then together bore away,
    Upon a shining sea.

    Though never yet in any port,
    Their coming mansion Be.

    As to my personal interpretation, this poem describes the process I have been experiencing, of joining with the Holy Spirit and/or Christ Self within. We expect that “Heaven” is a place; yet find as we grow that, yes, it is a place in one’s Heart, and not a physical place, and that it is “right here, now” as we learn to just simply live in the moment, trusting our inner Christ Self to Guide us.

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