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Comment 6 of 816, added on February 11th, 2010 at 10:09 AM.
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Comment 5 of 816, added on March 17th, 2009 at 12:31 PM.

For Angela And Hannah
the Poem 'safe in their alabaster chambers' is about her perspective on the
resurrection. It is a wonderful poem I believe and helps put 'Papa Above'
in context.
this webstie has two of the three verves.
Bill

billwehrspann from Canada
Comment 4 of 816, added on October 13th, 2005 at 5:58 PM.

Emily Dickinson, obviously is not a believer (Christian, Catholic,
Jewish etc...) one can notice this by looking into her other work. Emily is
refering to herself as a Mouse, but quickly degrades to a Rat. She knows
that she isn't religeous but she wants to go to heaven badly. "Rat" also
refers to her as A Sinner, she probably says that because she knows that
she herself is a sinner, and that the only way to get to God is to ask him
to save her a spot. Simular to her poem "I got so I could take His Name",
Emily states that she has tried to give God a chance but she didn't feel
anything, so she just pretends. But, I think that after living longer she
realized that there infact is a God but she doesn't want to fully except
Him in her life so she has to result in Asking Him to save her a spot, so
she doesn't have to go to hell.

Hannah
Comment 3 of 816, added on July 20th, 2005 at 9:25 PM.

yse, this poem was a good poem.

Elizabeth from United States
Comment 2 of 816, added on July 15th, 2005 at 4:10 PM.

i believe the poem is about god. Dickenson refers us to a mouse or a rat as
a humun looking at god above (papa above) and the cat is satan. So,
basically the first three lines are saying; Heavinly father look at us
humans, overpowered by satan. Also, heaven is thought of in the bible as a
kingdom, so on the fourth line dickinson writes reserved within thy
kingdom, which in other words means there is a kingdom in heaven waiting
for us. Then when she talks about the mice and how they are snug in the
cupboards, that is a comfortable place for them, it is home just like
heaven will be to us one day. the last three lines means you will be here
forever and i will provide whatever you need. And when dickinson says in
her last line "wheel solemnly away" she is trying to say like a mouse plays
on a wheel you can play here in heaven for eternity.

Angela Dodd from United States
Comment 1 of 816, added on December 9th, 2004 at 11:58 AM.

My friends and I are doing a class project for our Humanities class and we
need some help! We need to have critics opinions on certain poems and this
is one of them. If you would be so kind as to post your opinion on this
poem and what it means to you - that would be ever-so-helpful! Thanks so
much! Hope you have a peachy day!

Kasey from United States

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Information about Papa above!

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 61. Papa above!
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Mar 17 2009


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