“It sifts from Leaden Sieves”
It sifts from leaden sieves,
It powders all the wood.
It fills with alabaster wool
The wrinkles of the road
It makes an even face
Of mountain and of a plain-
Unbroken forehead from the east
Unto the east again
It reaches to the fence,
It wraps it rail by rail
Till it lost in fleeces;
It deals celestial veil
To stump and stack and stem-
A summer’s empty room
Acres of joints where harvest were,
Recordless, but for them
It ruffles wrists of posts
As ankles of a queen
Then stills its artisans like ghosts,
Denying they have been.
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Coming noisy and full fill the farm acres of joints where harvest were, recordless but for them. The snows annoy the pole of posts as well turned of queen. Then stills its artisans and disappear in silence, denying they have been make an annoyance.
☺ The Imageries of “It Sifts from Leaden Sieves”
There are some imageries used in this poem, but, personification is the major imagery used by the writer. It can be found in these sentences:
1. It sifts from leaden sieves,
2. It powders all the wood.
3. It fills with alabaster wool
4. It makes an even face
5. It reaches to the fence,
6. It wraps it rail by rail
7. It deals celestial veil
All of those underlined words are the signal of personification used by the writer. Personification is an imagery that describes an inanimate object that has the human qualities of actions. The inanimate object here is the snow. The writer wants to show that all of those verbs are done by the snow.
The second imagery that is used by Emily Dickinson here is simile, it can found in
1. As ankles of a queen
2. Then stills its artisans like ghosts,
The underlined words are the signal of simile. Simile uses the keywords such as like, as, etc in comparing the objects. There are two objects that are being compared by the writer. In the first example, the snow is compared with the ankles of queen. Next, in the second example. The snow is compared with the ghost.