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"Nature" is what we see

Emily Dickinson

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comment on the poem:" nature" is what we -see
Added by: tathithutrang
This is an interesting poem. In any case, a certain appearance in nature induces in the poet a sensation that requires such words as "Squirrel " , "Eclipse" ,"the Bumble bee"
Added by: Al
What Emily Dickinson is seeing is the beautiful simplicity that nature offers and most miss it because of everyday "busy-ness". There is no longer time to stop and "see", we as humans truly have been misdirected in just "surviving" and not living the simplicity that nature has to offer and the satisfaction that we get from it as we listen to our inner and instinctual desires.
Added by: elizabeth
Emily Dickinson is an extreamly talanted writer I feel she is one with the words she writes down on paper. Her works are wonderful.
the nature of nature
Added by: Tiffany Reddick
I love it. E.D. starts by simply listing the names of elements/members of the natural world. She does not dissect one for its wonder as she did in “The Bat” or other poems. She accentuates nature’s familiarity by listing the names of common things seen and by saying, “It is what we see.” But then she takes the leap, as nature possesses the leap--of 'Nay--' Nature is Not just what is seen. Nature is divine. And heaven is something unseen; and nature’s divinity goes unseen as well.

Also, she writes of the sounds of nature. What could be random cacophony from “what we hear” of nature, she tells us, “Nay! Nature is harmony.” She contrasts that nature works with divine connection, instead of dissonance.

And in the last stanza, my favorite words, brings a beautiful and complex point into incredibly clear focus. Despite its presentation of “simplicity-to-us” (it is simply because the way it is) and its familiarity, nature is really extravagant; nature transcends our comprehension—it surpasses our knowledge or ability to describe it.

So that's my impression of the words. I think E.D. does an amazing job. She describes perfectly what I’ve felt, the transcendence of nature. And that's not easy when attempting to describe nature amounts to little in comparison to what nature actually is. "Impotent is our wisdom to [nature's] simplicity."
Added by: rufusmcc
This is a fine piece of making the reader think by introducing more subtle and refined connotations for Nature. Dickinson is perhaps trying to infer that it is perspective that matters.. for a poet, nature is heaven, for an ornithologist, it is a bumble bee, for a geologist, it is a hill, for a scientist a phenomenon, etc.
the first and the last lines can be yoked to get another beautiful message - Nature is simplicity. In the various isms in literature, we speak about Naturalism, and realism, which redefine Nature from another viewpoint altogether... thus Nature is beyond all these complex, and subtle standpoints.

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