Emily Dickinson

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

"Nature" is what we see


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"Nature" is what we see—
The Hill—the Afternoon—
Squirrel—Eclipse— the Bumble bee—
Nay—Nature is Heaven—
Nature is what we hear—
The Bobolink—the Sea—
Thunder—the Cricket—
Nay—Nature is Harmony—
Nature is what we know—
Yet have no art to say—
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Rookie - 488 Points Mike Barrett (9/1/2014 5:59:00 AM)

    The last line of this poem was truly inspired - its truth and the impact of that truth beyond amazing! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 24,508 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/8/2014 9:47:00 AM)

    Nature is harmony the poet says and it is beautiful. Great one. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 169 Points Angelina Holmes (5/3/2014 8:57:00 AM)

    Beautiful. Emily Dickinson is the best. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (4/25/2014 5:30:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cameron Bodge (12/13/2013 12:56:00 PM)

    hey MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM (Report) Reply

  • Rookie *drop_of_rain* Sun_kisses_your_cheak (12/11/2013 7:44:00 PM)

    I think poetry can tell a story (Report) Reply

  • Rookie *drop_of_rain* Sun_kisses_your_cheak (12/11/2013 7:41:00 PM)

    I love the way she rights she captivates me with every line (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,873 Points * Sunprincess * (11/18/2013 7:59:00 PM)

    nature is our mother who holds us close... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Barucn Atta (7/29/2013 3:41:00 PM)

    Emily capitalizes her metaphors and the first letter of the line. Squirrel, Eclipse, Bumble bee - yes, these are metaphors, so get busy! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 396 Points Cat Hodgson (6/18/2013 10:04:00 AM)

    Emily Dickinson one of my favorites, yet I do love poets that write of nature... Cat (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rubani Haque (3/11/2010 4:57:00 AM)

    That un-namable life 'Nature' is. That unamed genius Dickensen was. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 334 Points Almedia Knight-Oliver (11/6/2009 1:17:00 PM)

    Living a simple life is so natural. So why do we complicate things by creating nature as man-made-gods instead of 'what we see'. a 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Derek Arakelian (11/6/2009 11:32:00 AM)

    So impotent or wisdom is of the. That last line put so simply, we as humans complicate most things to the EXTREME. We over think and rethink problems in our lives that make us freak out. What is need is a brake from it all and to go back to nature and just listen with an open heart. This hits way to well to me just getting done working in Yosemite NP for the summer, great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Adam Sobh (4/10/2009 11:51:00 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

  • Rookie Tracey Gibson (10/18/2008 7:53:00 AM)

    That intelligence we as humans can draw upon, if we have the right mindset, brings words like these together to delight or touch others, in my opinion. But yes, Liv, we know so much as a species but do we understand and see what we know? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Liv Jade (10/31/2006 5:23:00 PM)

    It is so true that the intelligence man prides itself on is completely useless in nature. It makes you wonder the reason for knowing what we do, when it all seems so meaningless. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,222 Points john tiong chunghoo (3/25/2006 9:56:00 AM)

    spirit of god
    see the bloom
    sends it to me (Report) Reply

  • Rookie celine charcoal (11/24/2004 7:13:00 PM)

    another one.. didnt u have coffee those days? (Report) Reply

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