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October 21, 2007

Mapping of "The Lightning is a Yellow Fork" by Emily Dickinson

The Lightning is a yellow Fork
From Tables in the sky
By inadvertent fingers dropt
The awful Cutlery

Of mansions never quite disclosed
And never quite concealed
The Apparatus of the Dark
To ignorance revealed.

While working on the mapping of this poem I began to think about the importance of the metaphor being used in the first line. What makes the lightning a yellow fork? When I began to think about the color yellow, I immediately thought of the Coldplay song called "Yellow." It has widened my perception of the color yellow, its uses, and significance. My next assignment will be to think about why it might be falling from the sky, and who the "inadvertent fingers" might belong to.

Posted by pbali at October 21, 2007 08:53 PM


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