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Comment 6 of 92, added on September 23rd, 2010 at 9:44 AM.
Surgeons must be very careful

One of the keys to understanding this poem is asking WHY surgeons "take the
knife". The answer is that they are trying to cure an illness, to remove
or repair some element which is causing pain, illness, or debilitation. Yet
Dickinson points out the irony that the "culprit" which is causing the
malady is, in fact, a part of life itself. "The surgeon must be very
careful" not to be too aggressive in his efforts to fix the problem, lest
he kill the patient. By extension, we arrive at the universal truth that,
while it is fine to try to remove problems from our lives, we must realize
that life is not perfect and that struggle and adversity are an integral
part of it. Life itself is, therefore, the "culprit" and we must learn to
accept it's impediments.

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Comment 5 of 92, added on June 15th, 2010 at 6:43 PM.

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Comment 4 of 92, added on March 8th, 2009 at 12:45 PM.

Reading more into a poem than is really there. When she wrote she released
her lonesome feelings..She is saying just what the poems says that a
surgeon should be careful...As life is so important....Simple as
that..Maybe she encountered someone in her life who was or about to have
surgery maybe even herself...does anyone know if it was ever documented of
her having sergury? I haven't seen that any where.

linda from United States
Comment 3 of 92, added on January 26th, 2009 at 8:46 PM.

I love this poem. It is my favorite of all of them. It is short and to the
point. I think it means that everyone has life inside of them and we all
just need to let it out, but be carful not to mess up when you do. Don't be
someone you're not, be who you really are and if there are good people out
there they will accept you for just that. I don't know if that is right or
not I could be totally wrong.

cutie from United States

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Poet: Richard Brautigan
Poem: 108. Surgeons must be very careful
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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