The Poem "I taste a liquor never brewed"
I taste a liquor never brewed –
From Tankards scooped in Pearl –
Not all the Frankfort Berries
Yield such an Alcohol!
Inebriate of air – am I –
And Debauchee of Dew –
Reeling – thro’ endless summer days –
From inns of molten Blue –
When “Landlords” turn the drunken Bee
Out of the Foxglove’s door –
When Butterflies – renounce their “drams” –
I shall but drink the more!
Till Seraphs swing their snowy Hats –
And Saints – to windows run –
To see the little Tippler
Leaning against the – Sun!
The theme of this poem is the beautiful nature that God created.
This poem portrays the beauty of the nature that God has made that surrounds her, which is the metaphor Emily slid in to this writing.
Similes used in this poem are the love and feel of nature and the feel of being intoxicated by alcohol.
Her idea of personification is she is drunk with summer's splendor and the sky is intensely blue or molten. Emily's poem, unofficially titled for its first line, could initially be dismissed as an overtly sentimental ode to nature which lacks the hidden depths of other poems about nature.
The alliteration is primarily a hard T sound "taste" and "Tankards", which then gives way to a slightly softer but still pretty hard D sound in the second stanza "Debauchee of Dew". The B sound "Bee," "Butterflies" in the third stanza is softer still until we end up with the slippery slurring of the S sounds "Seraphs," "Saints" in the last stanza. The sounds grow more and more in keeping with someone who's just wandering around, mumbling to themselves in awe or drunkenness.
This poem is directly linked with her life because she got most of her inspiration from things that she liked and experienced in her life. From the time she was born in December of 1830 to the day she died on May 15, 1886, she loved nature and all the animals and beautiful scenery that she was surrounded by.
She said she always did her best work when she was outdoors in her own element, captured by all the sights and smells of nature. Many of Emily's best poems came from the inspiration of animals and scenery that was around her as she wrote.
Title: She has problems and she uses drinking to cope with it.
Paraphrase: Connect with nature, but also being separate from nature because we can break the rules of nature like “drunken bees” or butterflies renouncing their drams.
Connotation: Alcohol, nature, intoxication and sun.
Attitude: The tone that is conveyed in this poem is exhilaration, elation, and lighthearted. From the very beginning of this poem, Emily Dickinson establishes these feelings toward earth and nature, but uses drunkenness and intoxication to do so.
Shifts: In stanza four where she goes from writing about drunken bees and butterflies to writing about angels and saints running to see wine leaning against the sun.
Title: After reading the poem I realize that she is talking about the nature that surrounds her and puts drinking in the stanzas.
Theme: Connecting with nature around us.
My Thoughts On This Poem
This poem written by Emily Dickinson is very well written, has interesting points and keeps your attention very easily. I personally liked how she used personification to equate drinking and nature as almost being the same feeling.