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We like March by Emily Dickinson


"We like March" is a poem writtne by Emily Dickinson. In this writing, March is personified (and taking on characteristics of spring). It talks about all the things which happen in spring. Mud, it's warm, and birds are "buccaneering". Such a beautiful sight.

There are two separate version of this poem. The one listed below is from 1878. The 1872 version split the first line in two at the hash, "presents" is used instead of "begets" in the sixth line along with some slight punctuation changes.

This poem is written as a single stanza with twelve lines. The poem is made up of six pairs with the first line of each pair longer than the second.

Johnson number: 1213


We like March

We like March - his shoes are purple.
He is new and high -
Makes he mud for dog and peddler -
Makes he forest dry -
Knows the adder's tongue his coming,
And begets her spot -
Stands the sun so close and mighty -
That our minds are hot.
News is he of all the others -
Bold it were to die
With the Blue Birds buccaneering
On his British sky -

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Personification, Nature, Animal, Spring

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