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Emily Dickinson: A Narrow Fellow In The Grass

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Born in 1830, Emily Dickinson was an American poet raised in a Puritan New England household.

She wrote many poems during her life in letters to friends and acquaintances but her work was only ever published posthumously, that is, after her death in 1886.

Some of her poems were inspired by nature and are about moments which bring surprise or inspiration.

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A Narrow Fellow In The Grass

A narrow fellow in the grassOccasionally rides.You may have met him, — did you not?His notice sudden is.

The grass divides as with a comb,A spotted shaft is seen;And then it closes at your feetAnd opens further on.

He likes a boggy acre,A floor too cool for corn.Yet when a boy, and barefoot,I more than once, at noon,

Have passed, I thought, a whiplashUnbraiding in the sun;When, stooping to secure it,It wrinkled and was gone.

Several of nature's peopleI know, and they know me;I feel for them a transportOf cordiality,

But never met this fellow,Attended or alone,Without a tighter breathingAnd zero at the bone.

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