The Savior Must Have Been a Docile Gentleman: The Poem

Cover image featuring Emily Dickinson

A short yet dense poem, the similarity is drawn between the Savior and a docile Gentleman makes this poem a fascinating one. The savior in this poem is Jesus Christ and Dickinson tells what He has gone through to become the docile Gentleman. Take a look at the poem.

The Savior Must Have Been A Docile Gentleman

The Savior must have been

A docile Gentleman—

To come so far so cold a Day

For little Fellowmen—

The Road to Bethlehem

Since He and I were Boys

Was leveled, but for that ‘twould be

A rugged Billion Miles—

The essence of the poem 

As the delightful time of Christmas approaches, this poem fits the setting well. The poem speaks of the religious tones in the life of Dickinson. It is about how Christ comes to his devotees in the cold month of December. 

The Savior must have been

A docile Gentleman—

To come so far so cold a Day

For little Fellowmen—

Here we get an amalgamation of docile and savior. A savior is someone whom we cannot imagine to be docile. A docile is quite the opposite of a savior. And yet both the quality in Christ is present. 

Christ is the Savior and yet, when his little fellowmen need him, he comes no matter how cold the weather is, how long the walk is. 

The Road to Bethlehem

Since He and I were Boys

Was leveled, but for that ‘twould be

A rugged Billion Miles—

Here, leveled means that the road was once uneven but now it has become equally accessible to all the people. But perhaps in the mixing and layering of cultures, perhaps the true essence of Christmas was lost. And this true essence lies under the leveled field, a rugged billion miles beneath. This concludes the article.

The savior must have been a docile gentleman poem by Emily Dickinson
The savior must have been a docile gentleman poem by Emily Dickinson

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