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

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Comment 15 of 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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 25, added on July 20th, 2005 at 9:22 PM.

i think this poem was good!

Elizabeth from United States
Comment 8 of 25, added on May 21st, 2005 at 3:22 PM.

When Emily wrote this, I think she was thinking about her life and it's
importance, but at the same time, realizing that life would go on even
after she was gone.

DKB
Comment 7 of 25, added on April 21st, 2005 at 8:49 AM.

I can relate this poem to my life without my mother

sandra from United States
Comment 6 of 25, added on April 15th, 2005 at 9:20 AM.

I think this poem is a really great poem i can really relate to her i write
poems like these i can write just like her i like Emily D. shes a great
writer.

Madee 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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