In "A Bird came down the Walk--" by Emily Dickinson, what does the phrase "too silver for a seam" mean? What do you think is suggested by the color silver?
This poem is a beautiful example of Dickinson's style, which often employs radically unique syntax and diction to craft images of astounding poetic quality. Unfortunately, because they are so tightly and uniquely crafted, Dickinson's images are often extremely difficult to interpret. The quote you've referenced is no exception to this rule.
First, let's look at the quote in context:
... [the bird] unrolled his feathers,And rowed him softer Home -Than Oars divide the Ocean,Too silver for a seam,Or Butterflies, off Banks of Noon,Leap, plashless as they swim. (15-20)
check Approved by eNotes Editorial