MY cocoon tightens, colors tease -Emily Dickinson

MY cocoon tightens, colors tease

MY cocoon tightens, colors tease,

I’m feeling for the air;

A dim capacity for wings

Degrades the dress I wear.

A power of butterfly must be

The aptitude to fly,

Meadows of majesty concedes

And easy sweeps of sky.

So I must baffle at the hint

And cipher at the sign,

And make much blunder, if at last

I take the clew divine.

The Theme of this poem revolves around the theme of reclusion.

Title at first glance can be interpreted as: As she becomes a recluse, she loses contact to the outside world.

A modern interpretation of this poem would sound like: My cocoon tightens, and color dims. I am feeling for the air. There is little capacity for the wings. It shames her dress.The power of a butterfly is its desire to fly. Admits to the majestic meadows. Clouds moving in the sky.I must be surprised at the hint. Understand the sign. Make many careless mistakes

The connotation in this poem is refering to Emily Dickinson's life as a recluse.

The overall tone is sorrow.

The major shift in this poem is: Meadows of majesty concedes.

If one looks at the title again, it will wield something of the same nature: As my look into the the world grows slim, the colors taunt me.

Literary Devices used: Metaphor, Smilie, and Alliteration.

Metaphor: My cocoon tightens; She is not really in a cocoon.

Alliteration: MY cocoon tightens, colors/ Degrades the dress I wear./ Meadows of majesty concedes/ And easy sweeps of sky./ And cipher at the sign/

This poem reflects Emily Dickinson's in a drastic way. The poem revolves around reclusion and seclusion. In her relatively short life, Emily spent most of her life secluded in the home.

In my personal opinion, the poem, in poetry terminology, is very well written. It used many famous literary devices of the time. However, the dash are a little strange. She used this poem to clearly express her life.



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