There came a Wind like a Bugle by Emily Dickinson
"There came a Wind like a Bugle" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. This is one of Dickinson's many poems about nature. It tells the story of a strong storm coming and shows amazement at how well nature can withstand the gusts of winds while the storm creates havoc among the human objects.
This poem is written as one stanza with seventeen lines. Dickinson rhymes the second with fourth, sixth with eighth, tenth with twelfth, thirteenth with fourteenth and seventeenth. This is a very strange rhyming pattern for Emily! Of course, Emily doesn't rhyme all the lines perfectly. She has to use some of her usual tricks. She goes with her usual "imperfect rhymes".
Johnson number: 1593
There came a Wind like a Bugle There came a Wind like a Bugle; It quivered through the grass, And a green chill upon the heat So ominous did pass We barred the windows and the doors As from an emerald ghost; The doom's electric moccasin That very instant passed. On a strange mob of panting trees, And fences fled away, And rivers where the houses ran The living looked that day. The bell within the steeple wild The flying tidings whirled. How much can come And much can go, And yet abide the world!
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