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Comment 12 of 312, 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 312, 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 312, 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 312, 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 312, 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 312, 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 312, 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
Comment 5 of 312, added on October 12th, 2005 at 3:11 PM.

Oh Mimi! you hit the nail on the head.. If anything all of Ms. Dickinson
poems contains a great deal of ambivalence. It has to do a great deal with
her constant state of what some would call confusion, but i'd rather call
it an active mind. Both interpetations of the poem bears validity; however
many have allure to Mimi's interpetation because of Ms. Dickinson's
"trials" with God.

Comment 4 of 312, added on September 11th, 2005 at 4:50 PM.

I interpret this poem to mean that she has suffered; God restored her; and
just when she is certain of God's grace, she finds herself beset by more

Through many of her poems Dickinson seems to be having an open argument
with God; and how he allows such cruelty in this world.

She was ambivalent; but in the end chose to align her spirit with faith.

Her poems are as poignant as any Bible verse of Job or Jacob.

In our ways, we all want God's blessing.

Mimi Schaeffer from United States
Comment 3 of 312, added on December 6th, 2004 at 12:21 AM.

This poem, shows how we all feel at times. I know I've asked myself Why?.
It's a common reaction when something goes wrong.

David 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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