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Emily Dickinsons A Bird Came Down the Walk-- and I Dreaded that First Robin So compare and contrast in a number of significant ways Both works incorporate the theme of nature juxtaposed with pain imagery A strong tone in both poems helps to carry out the speakers message The figurative language helps support the theme of nature Nature is exquisitely beautiful but it also has a dark side to it In A Bird Came Down the Walk-- depicts a bird biting an Angleworm in halves And ate the fellow raw and drank the Dew In I Dreaded that First Robin So depicts a Robin Woods Daffodils Grass Blossom and Bees Both poems begin with a bird and pain imagery bit an Angleworm in A Bird Came Down the Walk-- and He hurts a little though-- in I Dreaded that First Robin So In A Bird Came Down the Walk-- the final stanza achieves a beautiful image of a butterfly rowing its wings threw the sky as if it were swimming without splashes Dickinson creates a naturalistic and wonderful feel toward nature In I Dreaded that First Robin So in the final stanza the diction changes from the hurt and pain to the acceptance of her pain Lift in bereaved acknowledgment The speaker provides a summary of what will happen every year as she watches this exquisite nature bloom before her eyes No Blossom stayed away Both poems develop the theme of nature as exquisite beauty but also with a sense of pain to it Dickinson manipulates the tone in both poems In A Bird Came Down the Walk-- the speaker achieves an objective point of view throughout the first three stanzas The descriptions are clear A Bird came down the Walk-- through To let a Beetle pass-- Again more of objective tone He glance with rapid eyes through He stirred his Velvet Head In I Dreaded that First Robin So it is different The tone
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