what does this poem by Emily Dickinson mean?

WHO ROBBED THE WOODS

by: Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

HO robbed the woods,
The trusting woods?
The unsuspecting trees
Brought out their burrs and mosses
His fantasy to please.
He scanned their trinkets, curious,
He grasped, he bore away.
What will the solemn hemlock,
What will the fir-tree say?

1 thought on “what does this poem by Emily Dickinson mean?

  1. My advice would be to not get too tied up in the idea of any literal meaning. Dickinson might be referencing some specific happening or experience, but that’s not the real value of the poem. She’s evoking a particular relationship between man and nature here by anthropomorphizing the trees; nature is virginal and feminine and man is masculine and evil. It reflexively bears on the male gaze in general.

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