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A something in a summer's Day by Emily Dickinson


"A something in a summer's Day" is something like an ode to summer-it's greatness and wonder. It speaks of how wonderful the day, noon, and even night is, but she is happiest when dawn comes to great another day. Dicksinson generally speaks of how beautiful nature is within her writings. It is sometimes thought that she did not exactly experience nature, however. She spent most of her time in her bedroom, perhaps looking out the window dreaming of what nature is.

This poem consists of seven stanzas with three lines each. The first two lines of each stanza are written in iambic-pentameter while the third line is written in iambic-triameter. The stanzas are written in AAB rhyme schemes.

Johnson number: 122


A something in a summer's Day

A something in a summer's Day
As slow her flambeaux burn away
Which solemnizes me.

A something in a summer's noon -
A depth - an Azure - a perfume -
Transcending ecstasy.

And still within a summer's night
A something so transporting bright
I clap my hands to see -

Then veil my too inspecting face
Lets such a subtle - shimmering grace
Flutter too far for me -

The wizard fingers never rest -
The purple brook within the breast
Still chafes it narrow bed -

Still rears the East her amber Flag -
Guides still the sun along the Crag
His Caravan of Red -

So looking on - the night - the morn
Conclude the wonder gay -
And I meet, coming thro' the dews
Another summer's Day!

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Summer, Nature

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