Question by John S: Emily Dickinson “Like Trains of Cars on Tracks of Plush” Analysis?
I need to know what this poem is about. Information such as what the theme of the poem is, what message the poet is trying to give, the tone of the poem, figures of speech, rhyme scheme, rhythm, and so on. I’ve been researching for info on this poem but have been unsuccessful so far, any help would be appreciated.
Like trains of cars on tracks of plush
I hear the level bee:
A jar across the flowers goes,
Their velvet masonry
Withstands until the sweet assault
Their chivalry consumes,
While he, victorious, tilts away
To vanquish other blooms.
His feet are shod with gauze,
His helmet is of gold;
His breast, a single onyx
With chrysoprase, inlaid.
His labor is a chant,
His idleness a tune;
Oh, for a bee’s experience
Of clovers and of noon!
Answer by Fender Bender
It’s about bees and Emily’s love of flowers. She would like to know what it’s like being a bee, because, of course, bees fly from flower to flower, hence, “Like trains of cars on tracks of plush,” bees follow each other like train cars picking up their honey and moving pollen on their feet making their feet look like gauze and plush being the feel of flower pedals. So the poem uses a lot of metaphors.
So the poem is describing appreciatively what bees look like and do.
Emily is appreciating nature.
“Oh for a bee’s experience of clover and of noon”
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