Delving into the Mysteries of Dickinson’s “‘Nature’ is What We See”

Ahmad M.S. Abu Baker

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This article is an attempt to decipher the meaning of Emily Dickinson’s poem 668 “‘Nature’ is what we see” by observing the different mentioned objects (used here to refer to animals, insects, natural phenomena and natural objects) and discovering patterns between the objects in each group as well as patterns that exist between the objects in each group and those in other groups to prove that the choice of these objects was not arbitrary but rather deliberate. Dickinson, as proven in this reading of the poem, tries to reflect the diversity of nature through her choice of the objects she lists in her poem.Keywords: Dickinson the would-be scientist; Natural Diversity; Poem 668Résumé: Cet article est une tentative de déchiffrer le sens du poème 668 d'Emily Dickinson - "‘Nature’ est ce que nous voyons", en observant les différents objets mentionnés (utilisés ici pour désigner les animaux, les insectes, les phénomènes naturels et les objets naturels) et découvrant les modèles entre les objets dans chaque groupe, et ceux qui existent dans d'autres groupes afin de prouver que le choix de ces objets n'est pas arbitraire, mais plutôt délibéré. Dickinson, comme le démontre dans cette lecture du poème, tente de refléter la diversité de la nature à travers son choix des objets qu'elle énumère dans son poème. Mots-clés: Dickinson le soi-disant scientifique; diversité naturelle; Poème 668

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.css.1923669720100606.012

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