The word “nature’ defined in English dictionary as the physical world including all natural phenomenon and living things. Mother’s nature is also the forces and processes collectively that control the phenomena of the physical world independently of human intervention. In Emily Dickinson’s poem, “A Narrow Fellow”, a small creature was described in the eye of the child to represent nature. It is the natural world of fascination, at the same time is unpredictable and frightful. One important technique Dickinson used to embellish the poem was dictions that portray nature in form of a fascinating creature which also is frightful. For example, the animal would appear in a “sudden” (4) or without warning. Without warning, nature’s unknowns can be astounding. When the child attempted to “secure” (15) the snake, it disappeared. This means that man sometimes had tried yet failed to control nature. And while man cannot forecast and control nature, the word “cordially” (20) was used to imply the other friendly aspect of the friendly natural world. And finally, the word “bone” (24) which here means the core of emotion tied back to the theme that nature is frightening. Another literally technique the poet used throughout the poem was imagery. For instance, she used the sound imagery of two words “notice sudden” (4) which both carry the sound of an “s’ or the hissing of a snake. It tied into the idea that unpredicted nature might come with an abundant surprises. The sense of touch us included in such phrases as “tighter breathing” (23) to portray the panic of anyone in contact with the creature. Again this warns that nature can be shocking and frightful. Phrases like “grass divides as with a comb” (5) and “spotted shaft” (6) were carefully chosen as sight imagery. They create the picture of the snake’s movement on the grass which is appealing just as nature is. Dickinson also used several p…
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