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Summer Shower by Emily Dickinson


"Summer Shower" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. This poem, also known as "A drop fell on the apple tree" was given the name "Summer Shower" after her death by two of her friends when it was published.

"Summer Shower" is about the rain drops during summer which take away all the dust, water the plants, and put water back into the sea.

This poem is written as four stanzas with four lines in each. The second line is imperfectly rhymed with the fourth line as a way to gain rhythm. As well, those lines are shorter than the ones before them.

Johnson number: 794


Summer Shower

A drop fell on the apple tree,
Another on the roof;
A half a dozen kissed the eaves,
And made the gables laugh.

A few went out to help the brook,
That went to help the sea.
Myself conjectured, Were they pearls,
What necklaces could be!

The dust replaced in hoisted roads,
The birds jocoser sung;
The sunshine threw his hat away,
The orchards spangles hung.

The breezes brought dejected lutes,
And bathed them in the glee;
The East put out a single flag,
And signed the fete away.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Summer, Nature

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