I Never Saw a Moor by Emily Dickinson


Summary: I Never Saw a Moor by Emily Dickinson
is a poem stating you must not see something to know what it is; in this case she refers to solid things like nature and then uses that reference to say she would know heaven and god.

Section One:

  • The narrator has never seen a Moor or the sea, but she still knows what a Heather looks like and what a Billow would be.  (A moor in this case is an open overgrown land, a Heather is a plant often seen in the moor, and a billow would be a large wave)
Section Two:
  • The narrator has never spoken with god, or been to heaven but she is sure she would know it - "as if the Checks were given" (checks referring to railroad tickets that tell the destination on them)
Other Notes:
  • The narrator is saying even though she has not seen some things, she can still understand them; then she introduces God and heaven and says she would know them as well.


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