Before you scroll down to see the results, what do you think? Do you think Dickinson wrote more poems about trees -- or flowers? And what about shrubs and bushes? And when it comes to trees, what types of trees appear in the poems by Dickinson -- and in how many poems are they mentioned?
Once you've made some predictions, scroll down to see the results.
The first thing I checked was the number of Dickinson's poems that contain the word "tree." While I was at it, I also checked on "flower," "grass," and other related terms. The results are below.
** The word "leaves" appears in 57 poems; however, only 11 of those pertain to trees' leaves.
For more statistics on word usage in Dickinson's poems, click HERE.
DO YOU FIND THESE STATISTICS INTERESTING? IF SO PLEASE READ THIS: My wife said that I should be raking the yard, unloading the dishwasher, or putting away laundry instead of analyzing Dickinson's poetry. She said that there can be only EIGHT PEOPLE* on this earth who find this interesting. Are you one of the eight? If so, please tweet to me, "I'm one of the eight." My user name is @The_Dickinson. So far, 12/9/20, no one has responded. : (
* BTW: My wife added "maybe TWELVE PEOPLE if you count those people" -- and by "those people" she meant the people who work at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA.