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A Bird Came Down the Walk

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Write down the words the poet uses to describe the movements and actions of the bird. Say these out loud and think about how the bird would look doing these things. Have a go at moving around miming these actions. Watch a bird outside moving around for a few moments if you can. Read the whole poem out loud again and think about whether the way Emily Dickinson describes a bird links to the way you have seen birds act.

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A Bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.

He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,–
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head

Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home

Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, splashless, as they swim.

A Bird Came Down the Walk

by Emily Dickinson