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Analysis and comments on "They have not chosen me," he said, by Emily Dickinson

Comment 2 of 2, added on March 27th, 2011 at 7:30 PM.
analysis of 85

They would refer not to hi followers but to everyone else. Jesus has chosen
humanity (incarnation). To whom is this said? To humans in Bethlehem, not
to his Father. Sovereign would mean Father. "Know a Daisy/They dishonor
shared" would be -- know that the one they did not choose shared himself
("I have chosen them"). This is tragic: brave and broken-hearted.

Geoff Chandler from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on May 4th, 2007 at 3:38 PM.

[MY PERSONAL INTERPRETATION IS IN BRACKETS BELOW EACH LINE]


They have not chosen me," he said,
"But I have chosen them!"
[JESUS' FOLLOWERS DO NOT CHOSE HIM FIRST; PEOPLE FOLLOW JESUS BECAUSE HE
FIRST CHOSES & EMPOWERS THEM.]

Brave—Broken hearted statement—
Uttered in Bethlehem!

[A Brave Statement Because: JESUS WAS VERY BOLD TO TELL HIS FOLLOWERS THAT
IF IT WERE NOT FOR HIS CHOOSING THEM, HIS DISCIPLES WOULD NEVER CHOOSING TO
FOLLOW HIM.]

[A Broken-Hearted Statement Because: JESUS WAS BORN, EXPRESSING HIS
COMPASSIONATE HEART, AS HE CAME TO BETHLEHEM TO LATER BE BROKEN FOR OUR
SINS AT HIS CRUCIFIXION.]

I could not have told it,
But since Jesus dared—
Sovereign! Know a Daisy
They dishonor shared!

[EMILY DICKINSON COULD NOT HAVE SHARED THE STORY OF JESUS WITH US, BUT
SINCE HER SOVEREIGN LORD JESUS DID, SHE WANTS US TO KNOW THIS: THE PEOPLE
OF THIS EARTH WHO SHARED LIFE TOGETHER WITH CHRIST AND THEN REJECTED HIM --
DISHONORED A LOVELY FLOWER. IT WAS A DAISY THEY SHARED AND
DISHONORED.


Dan from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 85. "They have not chosen me," he said,
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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