A Bird Came Down the Walk

The poem “A Bird Came Down the Walk” reminds us of a nursery rhyme since of its rhyme scheme and rhythm. The poem starts with “A bird came down the walk. He did not know I saw. He bit the angleworm in halves and ate the fellow raw.” The rhythm tends to make the poem pretty uncomplicated to study. The sentence or clause generally ends in the finish of the line with a punctuation sign and never ever get carried more than to the next one, so that the poem is very easy to follow. With the simplicity of the plot and a sense of humor, as in calling the angleworm a “fellow”, there is specific playfulness and innocence in the poem, as if a single was speaking to a kid. The poem is reminiscent of a nursery rhyme about an old jolly farmer going about his organization.

The imagery in the poem, aside from getting very simple, is pretty naturalistic. The reader can conveniently visualize a bird that “hopped sideways to the wall.” There are no thoughts or feelings in this poem only actions are described. Emily Dickinson celebrates trivial factors, the basic but beautiful order of nature. She emphasizes this simplicity by the playful and guileless rhythm of the poem.