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Bee! I'm expecting you! by Emily Dickinson


In this poem Emily is the fly, her lover the bee, the frogs are probably her brothers or and father, and the birds her mom and other women of the house. "The Clover warm and thick -" may be a reference to either her lust for him or even the season (or both).

"Bee! I'm expecting you!" is a three stanza poem with four lines in each. The rhyme scheme is a bit different than usual. Even though they are still end-rhymes, the rhymes are not perfect. These types of rhymes are considered "general rhymes". Dickinson uses half-rhymes and imperfect-rhymes instead to get her point across.

Johnson number: 1035


Bee! I'm expecting you!

Bee! I'm expecting you!
Was saying Yesterday
To Somebody you know
That you were due -

The Frogs got Home last Week -
Are settled, and at work -
Birds, mostly back -
The Clover warm and thick -

You'll get my Letter by
The seventeenth; Reply
Or better, be with me -
Yours, Fly.

Next: The Bustle in a House
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Literary Movement
19th Century

Animal, Life, Relationship, Love

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