Her love and respect for nature formed a solid basis for Emily Dickinson in her poetry. The poem “A Route to Evanescence” is a poem that fits right into her fascination for nature. This poem is numbered as 1489 and is known as “A Route of Evanescence.”
Evanescence is the phenomenon when vapour dissipates (vanishes or scatters). With this introduction line, Dickinson shows us that nature changes based on the knowledge that there is an inevitable ending. The words used, Route to Evanescence, is very deep. It doesn’t just tell us that there is this ending, but you need to consider this as drama. Epic some would say. While others would call this poetic. Whatever your definition you want to use, you will have to agree that this is a poem written from deep emotions. As Dickinson was inspired by nature, she was able to transfer her deepest thoughts into these great poems, almost everyone loves. This poem is not an exception and this doesn’t make this poem less or “more of the same.”
When reading this poem more closely, you will notice that this poem is about the hummingbird (or Trochilidae). This bird is known for the way it circles flowers, to get out the nectar from these flowers. These birds are very small, 5 centimetres and weigh less than 2 grams. With a staggering wing-flapping rate of 12 beats per second, they are inspiring for many… including Miss Dickinson.
The hummingbird is considered as graceful, but Dickinson warns us. This mystical creature is often misunderstood. The state of tranquillity that is part of the process of how they obtain the nectar from flowers tends to mystify us. It might even distract us. When the bird is done, it flies away and there is only the memory of what we saw. Whatever will happen to these memories? This, perhaps, is the Route to Evanescence that Dickinson refers to.
Like many things in nature, Dickinson points out the delicacy of nature. The transience of our very existence is part of this poem.
Poem 1489 (sometimes 49 or 1463, depending on the editor’s choice) was written by Dickinson in 1879; seven years before she died at the age of 55 (15-05-1886).
Poem 1489: “A Route of Evanescence”
A Route of Evanescence
With a revolving Wheel–
A Resonance of Emerald–
A Rush of Cochineal–
And every Blossom on the Bush
Adjusts its tumbled Head–
The mail from Tunis, probably,
An easy Morning’s Ride–
December is our Emily Dickinson Month. She was born on December 10, 1830. That is why we commemorate this great poetess in the month of December. You can write your analysis of a poem written by Dickinson too! Send us your analysis using the e-mail address [email protected].