Fame is a Bee

Adapted from GAVL assignment

Fame is a bee
by Emily Dickinson

Fame is a bee.
It has a song—
It has a sting—
Ah, too, it has a wing.

  1. The entire poem is an extended metaphor, comparing fame to a bee. Do you agree with this metaphor?
  2. The entire poem is also a personification of fame. It likens it to a bee. Fame is an inanimate thing that in this poem sings, stings, and has wings.
  3. Here is an example of repetition. The poem repeats the phrase, “It has a…”
  4. It also has an example of rhyme: “It has a sting – Ah, too, it has a wing.”
  5. Can you find any more examples of figurative language/literary elements?