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Analysis and comments on Her breast is fit for pearls, by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 6 of 466, added on June 15th, 2010 at 10:54 PM.

I give what I can to the one I love.

frumpo from United States
Comment 5 of 466, added on March 8th, 2009 at 11:35 AM.

Her breast is fit for pearls....
Whoever the woman in her life was that had the boosom so defined to wear
what was back then the most precious of jelewery( pearls ).
She is saying that the person possibly a friend or her mother, was so
lovely that she was fit to be royalty....A person Emily so envied that she
put her self down by saying. I am not a diver. As if to say she was more
meek and timid in personality and looks compared to the woman,
The woman was rather bold enough to show her breast in her entire. Emily a
mousey woman admired as well as envied the woman....To brag about her in
such a way as to say the other woman had family that admired her..Emily
felt she did not compared to this woman..As she speaks of a Crest. Back
then many well know families had crests...Emily felt less than the woman
entirely obvious.
In the verse He heart fit for home.
She is describing her as a strong tree or healthy human being. with
branches so full as to comfort Emily and love for Emily...
In the last line she says she is her parennial nest..But it could have been
some one other than her mother...as back then Elders were all considered as
a parent figure...Even an Aunt or cousin that was years older....Most
likely it is her mother and she is showing her love by writing her a
poem...As children often do...show their love to aquire praise and approval
from their parents....

linda from United States
Comment 4 of 466, added on February 23rd, 2009 at 10:44 PM.

Her breast is fit for pearls, Woman in general (note verb tenses)

But I was not a "Diver" -- Emily as a girl, fearful, didnít take the
first step (child)

Her brow is fit for thrones Women in general
But I have not a crest. Emily sees herself as not grown-up
(adolescent)

Her heart is fit for home -- Woman in general
I -- a Sparrow -- build there Emily in the present tense

Sweet of twigs and twine content with where she is

My perennial nest. At home.


Stephanie from United States
Comment 3 of 466, added on April 2nd, 2008 at 10:20 PM.

After doing some reading I've come up with four good arguements as to whom
this poem is addressed.

1)Her mother:
Families in the 1800's hoped that their children would move out, marry, and
have children. I believe that this poem could've been written to her mother
as an appology and a praise. I feel that she might be telling her mother
how she feels she has dissapointed the family. I read another poem which
states how a daughter bird chose not to leave the mother bird. Any
coorelations?

2)Her sister:
I feel that this poem could've been so easily written to her sister. I feel
that Emily could've been telling her sister that she deserves better than
poor, hermit, Emily. Again, an apology and a praise?

3)Herself:
Emily, thouth capable of so much, decided to shut herself up. She
internalized her life; lived inside of herself. She 'selected her own
society'. Could she be writing to herself about how she could've, should've
given herself a chance to live and love and learn and lose?

4)A female lover:
This poem was written some time after she left college. She did have a
special friend, which she did not have many of. Could she've been in love
with a female friend? This theory is the most vague of all because though
homosexuality was present in this time period, it was much rarer and highly
frowned upon. So could she, Emily Dickinson, the hermit, have fallen in
love with another woman?

You have to ask yourself:
Was it to her mother? Her sister? An inward look at herself? Or were there
secrets that noone but Emily Dickenson knows?

Matthew from United States
Comment 2 of 466, added on March 14th, 2005 at 12:45 AM.

Could be the expression of deep, possibly romantic feelings for another
woman.

Carmen from United States
Comment 1 of 466, added on December 6th, 2004 at 12:45 PM.

This is a really good poem with a secret message within. It means that she
is fit for greatness but 'I' could not compare because 'I' could not find
the pearls (but i was not a diver...)

Caralyn Kathryn from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 84. Her breast is fit for pearls,
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Mar 25 2002


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