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There came a Wind like a Bugle by Emily Dickinson


"There came a Wind like a Bugle" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. This is one of Dickinson's many poems about nature. It tells the story of a strong storm coming and shows amazement at how well nature can withstand the gusts of winds while the storm creates havoc among the human objects.

This poem is written as one stanza with seventeen lines. Dickinson rhymes the second with fourth, sixth with eighth, tenth with twelfth, thirteenth with fourteenth and seventeenth. This is a very strange rhyming pattern for Emily! Of course, Emily doesn't rhyme all the lines perfectly. She has to use some of her usual tricks. She goes with her usual "imperfect rhymes".

Johnson number: 1593


There came a Wind like a Bugle

There came a Wind like a Bugle;
It quivered through the grass,
And a green chill upon the heat
So ominous did pass
We barred the windows and the doors
As from an emerald ghost;
The doom's electric moccasin
That very instant passed.
On a strange mob of panting trees,
And fences fled away,
And rivers where the houses ran
The living looked that day.
The bell within the steeple wild
The flying tidings whirled.
How much can come
And much can go,
And yet abide the world!

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Literary Movement
19th Century


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