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A Thunderstorm by Emily Dickinson


"A Thunderstorm" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. This poem has been released under both the title "A Thunderstorm" and the title "The Wind begun to rock the Grass" throughout the years. It is about the damage that nature can have on nature and how it should seek shelter before the storm. Of course, it can also be a metaphor for life in general.

This poem is written as five stanzas with four lines in each. Dickinson rhymes the second and fourth lines using an imperfect rhyme scheme. Even though there is not a set meter struction in terms of line length, each line seems to be written in some form of iambic meter. As well, the even lines are shorter than the odd lines.

Johnson number: 824


A Thunderstorm

The wind begun to rock the grass
With threatening tunes and low, -
He flung a menace at the earth,
A menace at the sky.

The leaves unhooked themselves from trees
And started all abroad;
The dust did scoop itself like hands
And throw away the road.

The wagons quickened on the streets,
The thunder hurried slow;
The lightning showed a yellow beak,
And then a livid claw.

The birds put up the bars to nests,
The cattle fled to barns;
There came one drop of giant rain,
And then, as if the hands

That held the dams had parted hold,
The waters wrecked the sky,
But overlooked my father's house,
Just quartering a tree.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Nature, Life

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