Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Journal 41, Analysis of "A Wounded Deer Leaps Highest"

For my poem analysis, i chose to do the poem "A Wounded Deer Leaps Highest" by Emily Dickinson. Within this poem, Dickinson describes how she met a hunter who describes how the wounded deer leaps the highest. At first, the reader tend to wonder how this makes sense. One would think that since the deer is wounded, that it would not have the energy to leap high, or even have the will or the power to leap at all. Well, this theory is explained in the rest of the poem when the hunter to whom Emily Dickinson is talking to makes comparison to how this effect tends to be true in life. For example, the author states, "The smitten rock that gushes,
The trampled steel that springs:
A cheek is always redder
Just where the hectic stings!" From this quote, it is very easy to see how this interesting comparison comes to be true in life. For example, it tends to be very true that the sting on one's cheek tends to be the most red where it hurts the most. I found this very interesting because this is the point within the poem, where the comparison that a wounded deer jumps the highest begins or finally makes sense to me. To me, this comparison that the hunter makes, makes the most sense to me out of all of the comparisons that the hunter makes throughout this poem. When the author wrote this poem, she could have wanted a reader to look between the words or she may have wanted to make her work stand for something rather than this encounter that she had with the hunter, but i do not think that she actually meant to do this no matter how many other critics may think so. Because the man that she claims to have met was a hunter, it would make perfect sense if this is what literally happened to Dickinson because she seemed to exile herself from society, so if she literally had this experience, then i would not be surprised.

1 comment:

  1. I love it! i was doing a compare and contrast essay on two of her poems and this was one of them, you helped me out with this one lol thanks :D