Without a tighter breathing
And zero at the bone

from Emily Dickinson – A narrow fellow in the grass on Rap Genius


The power of the snake is established on the last line. Up until this point, there was ambiguity surrounding the snake — was it really pleasant, or was it sly? This, however, has been affirmed here. The persona (again, presumably a young child) is petrified, scared stiff.

Finally, Dickinson has again used internal rhyme on the last line, with ‘zero’ and ‘bone’

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