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Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

A Burdock—clawed my Gown


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A Burdock—clawed my Gown—
Not Burdock's—blame—
But mine—
Who went too near
The Burdock's Den—

A Bog—affronts my shoe—
What else have Bogs—to do—
The only Trade they know—
The splashing Men!
Ah, pity—then!

'Tis Minnows can despise!
The Elephant's—calm eyes
Look further on!

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Freshman - 1,229 Points Eric Ericson (11/22/2014 10:04:00 AM)

    this poem is about seeing beyond the problem at hand and taking responsibility for your actions. Burdock and bog did what they do the fault is mine for getting to close. Am I small and curse the thorn or do I see my fault and take responsibility for it? (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,689 Points * Sunprincess * (1/14/2014 9:04:00 PM)

    .......I like this stanza much...
    ~A Bog—affronts my shoe—
    What else have Bogs—to do—
    The only Trade they know—
    The splashing Men!
    Ah, pity—then! ~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (8/1/2012 5:06:00 AM)

    I think im getting the gist of this, a burdock clawed my gown, not burdocks blame, mine....went too near the burdocks den, i think the burdock is a thistly man (not literally but a man who gave her sharp pain or reactions)
    Bog i think maybe sheer lowest emotion disgust, and maybe (Men) in capitals is expressing the wider vein, as in Man which covers male female... her
    Tis minnows can despise.... a minnow used as bait (often) and is tiny i think the elephant was chosen for its stature as much as its eyes.... i think much of her writes, baring in mind they were written privately for her, i believe they are (the ones ive read so far) a painfilled complaint of being rebuffed...I do believe if she knew these were in print now, she might be more than horrified.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Adam Sobh (4/10/2009 11:53:00 AM)

    I'm doing a project on Emily Dickinson for my 11th grade American Literature class, and i need to find a poem by Miss Emily Dickinson and then analyze it, i chose this poem, but i don't really understand it, so if anybody could please explain it to me and help me to better understand it, i would be extremely grateful. (Report) Reply

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