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She sweeps with many-colored brooms by Emily Dickinson


"She sweeps with many-colored brooms" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. This poem is interesting in that a housewife is compared to the sun. Throughout the day she sweeps and in the evening she simply uses a different colored broom, purple with amber and sweeping up emerald (the sunset). As the evening goes on, the broom starts to have spots (stars) until it is dark and completely covered with them. Then finally, the housewife goes away (it's night).

This is a three stanza poem made up of four lines each. The second and fourth lines of each stanza are rhymed imperfectly while being shorter than the lines before them.

Johnson number: 219


She sweeps with many-colored brooms

She sweeps with many-colored brooms,
And leaves the shreds behind;
Oh, housewife in the evening west,
Come back, and dust the pond!

You dropped a purple ravelling in,
You dropped an amber thread;
And now you've littered all the East
With duds of emerald!

And still she plies her spotted brooms,
And still the aprons fly,
Till brooms fade softly into stars -
And then I come away.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Nature, Wife, Stars

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