Dickinson's view of nature in her poetry can be examined through two of her poems regarding this subject: "Nature is what we see" and "Nature, the Gentlest Mother."
In "Nature is what we see," Dickinson expresses a dichotomy regarding nature: it is both simple and wondrously complex. On one hand, it surrounds us daily and through a multi-sensory approach. We see squirrels and bees. We hear the sea and thunder. Nature provides humans with a harmony; it allows for peace. Yet with all of our humanly "wisdom," we lack the ability to adequately convey the truths we know about nature. It stirs things within our souls that cannot be adequately conveyed in words, even for a poet who masterfully put emotions down on paper.
In "Nature, the Gentlest Mother," nature is seen as a protector, even over the "wayward" of humanity. Nature also interacts with humanity, whether that comes through the "impetuous bird" or the way she bends from the sky to "light her lamps" so that humans can guide themselves in the night. Nature is seen as caring, thoughtful, and affectionate toward humanity.
These characteristics can be seen in Dickinson's other poetry, as well. In "Hope is the thing with feathers," the image of a bird is one that inspires hope and freedom, providing a source of ongoing encouragement to the speaker. In "A Bird, came down the Walk," the speaker notes the innate fascination in watching a small creature gain sustenance for itself. In "Because I could not stop for Death," the speaker uses nature to convey an easy transition into the afterlife, utilizing metaphors of a setting sun and fields of grain to review the life she is leaving behind without sorrow.
Natural elements commonly appear throughout Dickinson's poetry and convey her appreciation and wonder for the natural world around her.