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Comment 15 of 315, added on November 17th, 2009 at 2:13 PM.

Good concrete reading of this Dickinson poem. But I think you may be
reading "poor" too literally... i.e. financially. One can be poor in
spirit, poor in soul, and the "theft," that which was taken away from her
(making her "poor," in her metaphor) seemed to be the lives of two loved
ones (certainly more than two, in her biography, but two in the poem)-- the
latest seeming to be her... father? She descibes herself as a beggar at
God's door (a God who gives and takes away)--not the bank's door. But the
poem dates from circa 1858, when Emily would have been about 27 or so. Her
father died in 1874. So... maybe the Father in the poem is also symbolic.
Father as in God, i.e. the "spiritual death" of her faith? Seems too early
for that. And it's not clear that the "Father" is the deceased. But maybe
this isn't a sad poem at all-- Is she saying that at each "sod" death,
angels descended her and "restored her"? But she remains "poor." Perhaps,
she's saying, despite these angels, her faith remains "robbed." That is,
even though the angels descended, they have not resurrected the dead-- thus
she remains "poor," -- without these loved ones. Tricky ending. Anyone have
further insights?

Ken from United States
Comment 14 of 315, added on March 8th, 2009 at 12:34 PM.

The sod is the meaning of dirt I also believe..This could have been written
later on in her life as she was angered of the lost of maybe a parent and
or grandparent.. He financial situation is oobvious changed with the death
of whoever it was. She is now worried of her financil matters as she states
of the burglar,banker, and father, in which she feels dependent
on..Possibly she lost much financially when who ever it was died...She was
a lonley woman...Maybe in later life she lost her home or it was taken by
bank. She refers to banker as burglar....as if he stole something she
believed to be hers....Sad poem..

linda from United States
Comment 13 of 315, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 12:50 AM.

Hassan: Emily uses "sod" in the sense of "soil" or "dirt." In this context,
the sod is part of the burial of the dead (she "lost" them in the ground
where they were buried).

James from United Kingdom
Comment 12 of 315, added on February 13th, 2008 at 1:43 AM.

In my point of view,through this poem,the poet wants to illustrate a
certain state of human mind.When we face some adverse situation,(I am poor
once again)we remember the past sorrows but prominet ones.And finally,like
always,we have to surrender to the supreme power.But,though we know that
the ultimate destination is God,sometime we show attitude of momentary
irreverence towards God.

Mon from Bangladesh
Comment 11 of 315, added on February 4th, 2008 at 2:30 PM.

I like this kind of poetry
but here what is the exact meaning of: the sod
And that was in the sod
grass land or fellow, chap or ...brat

I want to translate it to Arabic
but ....

my best

Hassan from Egypt
Comment 10 of 315, added on February 4th, 2008 at 2:30 PM.

I like this kind of poetry
but here what is the exact meaning of the sod
grass land or fellow, chap or ...

my best

Hassan from Egypt
Comment 9 of 315, added on May 4th, 2007 at 9:22 AM.

all the kids read cut themselves ,and are very boring kids

bobby from Belgium
Comment 8 of 315, added on April 8th, 2007 at 4:53 PM.

I love this poem. There are many ways to interpret a poem and this is the
way i interpret it. in emily's life she lost two friends. in this poem,
it shows how she felt. she begged God to keep her friends here on earth.
Both times God sent angels to help her. she is poor once more because she
doesn't want to live anymore after her friends died. she is calling God a
burglar, banker and father. i like how she includes burglar and banker
because a burglar takes without asking and a banker takes as well, just
asking and she's calling God both.

taylor from United States
Comment 7 of 315, added on March 31st, 2006 at 7:32 PM.

The themes that can be noticeable on Emily Dickinson’s poems are love,
death, and pain. Emily knew that happiness walks by hand with sadness, and
death is always behind, following a “self” directly or indirectly. For
example in “I never lost as much but twice,” I see one a HAPPY person
trying to commit suicide one more time. “Twice have I stood a beggar /
Before the door of God /Angels -- twice descending / Reimbursed my store
--,” twice she has tried to kill herself but God, possibly thinking is not
her time to leave this world had sent his angels to keep her alive. “I am
poor once more,” she is sad and miserable again. From my point of view she
wanted to be dead, but death refuses to take her hand now she is in pain
and poor once more. LOVE, DEATH, and PAIN, are essentials in a person’s
life because every human being at one time or another experiences the needs
for love or the unwelcome pain of death. Who on this UNIVERSE has not
opened his/her doors to this UNIVERSALS feelings, gladness, melancholy, or

D Martinez from United States
Comment 6 of 315, added on November 4th, 2005 at 1:24 PM.

The "Burglar! Banker -- Father!" in this poem is God, three views of God

Min Yee from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 49. I never lost as much but twice
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Nov 2 2004

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