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Analysis and comments on If I should die, by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 18 of 28, added on December 17th, 2007 at 6:21 PM.

i really like that this site has the poems in their unedited state,as they
should be. this poem is so beautiful, and the fact that many were edited
pains me.

raye from United States
Comment 17 of 28, added on May 6th, 2007 at 3:54 PM.

I think this peom is about how even when you die the world will still
suffer and know one can change that. You may have died but all your family
and friends will suffer till they die then some one else will suffer. you
will never be able to stop the world from sufferig.

Ashley from United States
Comment 16 of 28, added on April 4th, 2006 at 4:06 PM.

I think that this is a great poem, but that it isnt about death really at
all. that it is about a realtionship she is involved in. it is a very
sexual poem...gurgle, burn, bustling, depart at option from enterprise
below...get it. I think that she is telling him it is okay to go on and
love again after she leaves him, whether that is death or just leaving him

Anne from United States
Comment 15 of 28, added on February 22nd, 2006 at 8:46 AM.

I feel that this poem actually is discussing the comfort of knowing that
the world will continue after death. In the lines "One might depart at
option from enterprise below" what she is talking about is if she could be
reassured that the world would continue, then she would be willing to give
up her life instead of being afraid of losing it.

Brian from United States
Comment 14 of 28, added on January 22nd, 2006 at 7:41 PM.

I think this poem was to help realize the importance of her and other
peoples lives!I love this poem!

Heather from United States
Comment 13 of 28, added on December 13th, 2005 at 9:39 PM.

it is true- the image she potrays in this poem. she is trying to show how
even wen one dies life still goes on.
its meaning is well portrayed

Nataly from United States
Comment 12 of 28, added on October 25th, 2005 at 2:15 AM.

This poem has nothing to do with the reassuring thought that life goes on
when one dies; in fact, I believe that it has to do with the ideal comfort
of death, away from the ridiculous "enterprises" in life. Dickinson
sarcastically belittles stocks, commerce, and trade by juxtaposing it with
a more captivating, enthralling concept of death. After all, what does
NASDAQ really matter when we are "lying with daisies"? The key line that
triggers the sarcasm is "One might depart at option from enterprise below!"
More or less, I think this poem correlates with her poem "Safe in their
Alabaster Chambers" in that both suggest a certain comfort away from the
world and its tiresome components.

Steve J. from United States
Comment 11 of 28, added on September 22nd, 2005 at 9:45 PM.

This is one of my favorite poems from her,I think it really expresses a
feeling that many of us can relate to.

Jessica from United States
Comment 10 of 28, added on September 6th, 2005 at 1:43 PM.

it's my favorite of her poems it's awsome.

elora from United States
Comment 9 of 28, added on July 20th, 2005 at 9:22 PM.

i think this poem was good!

Elizabeth from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 54. If I should die,
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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