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A Bird came down the Walk by Emily Dickinson


"A Bird came down the Walk", published posthumously, was first seen in the 1891 second collection. In this, the poet comes to a bird. As the poet attempts to feed the bird, it flies away. The poet then realizes that its flight is softer than a boat being rowed or butterflies flying.

This poem consists of five stanzas made up of four lines each. Each stanza rhymes the second line with the fourth line. The first, second, and fourth lines are made up of six syllables while the third eight. Actually, the six-syllable lines are iambic-triameter while the eight-syllable lines are iambic-quatrameter.

Johnson number: 328


A Bird came down the Walk

A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.

He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,--
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head

Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home

Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, splashless, as they swim.

Published in second collection, .

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Literary Movement
19th Century

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