A Bird came down the Walk— by Emily Dickinson

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What are some themes for the poem "A Bird Came Down a Walk" by Emily Dickinson?

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"A Bird Came Down a Walk" by Emily Dickinson reveals both the danger and beauty of the outer, natural world and the inner, self-conscious world of both the bird and the speaker.

In most poetry, especially Romantic, humankind finds peace in nature; it is a welcoming mother.  Here, in Dickinson, both the bird and the speaker feel "cautious" in it, out of place, afraid.  Nature, for Dickinson, is insensate (lacking compassion), a place of danger.

The bird is personified like a human, and the speaker is characterized a little like a bird (anthropomorphism ).  The...

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