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October 23, 2007

Mapping of the Lightning

When I think of the lightning in Emily Dickinson's poem I see multiple beautiful yellow bolts shaped like forks--this is what the poem is implying. When I draw it out, I can't help but see upward sloping supply curves and downward sloping demand curves connected together to form one big bolt of lightning. It is striking to see it displayed in this way. I am not sure why I see it this way, but I may have been in an economics mode as I began doing this english assignment. Going from econ to english can feel like a drastic change at times, but this poem has somehow drawn the two together for me momentarily. My perception of the lightning could change at anytime. But right now, the lightning is a composition of yellow supply and demand curves.

Posted by pbali at October 23, 2007 06:03 PM


I think it's amazing how a poem can speak to you in such a specific and applied way. It's as if a poem will touch the part of your mind that is most vunerable when you read it. Did the economic comparisons stay with you each time you read the poem, or did you develop different understandings when you read it at different times?

Posted by: chrmaue at November 5, 2007 07:47 PM

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