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Analysis and comments on Water, is taught by thirst. by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 36 of 196, added on November 4th, 2010 at 1:35 PM.
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i think this poem is a little hard to understand at first but when one
looks further at the meaning of it then you really appreciate the central
themes

mr. hands from United States
Comment 35 of 196, added on March 11th, 2009 at 10:18 AM.

I chose to comment this poem because for one this is one of my favorite
poems by Emily Dikinson. And for two it shows great anguish and grieve, it
makes you feel as though you can feel what she is experiencing at this
point in her life. You take a walk in her shoes as she shows the imagery
and metaphors to explain the unhappiness in her life. Emily was a very
strong women to have written all these hellish poems. I especially enjoy at
the end "Birds, by the snow." Showing that she feels alone and left behind
as everyone she knew and love were passing. I can relate to this poem
deeply, when I first read it I knew right at the dot what she was talking
about. "You don't know what you got till it's gone."

B.T.W. All of Emily Dickinson's poems were published in their original
format in 1955 so thats probally where the 1955 came from.

Emily Bottomley from United States
Comment 34 of 196, added on March 11th, 2009 at 12:17 AM.

She is showing a comparrison of words and meanings. In a sort of way..

Water is taught by thirst. meaning when you get thirsty you learn that
water will quinch or satisfy that yearning of thirst..
Peace.... by it's battles told. Means that one would not thirst for peace
if one had not aquired the thirst of the battle... She is compaing Land to
ocean as she says they are opposites is what makes them what they are. The
same as with the bird and snow...If you do not have snow you do not thirst
for the times when the bird sings in spring...
She is describing her feelings of of love by memorial mold... this was
probably written when she lost her parents and friends in those
years...Because love is gone as they are too in death...As the bird suffers
to survive in the snow, she too is alone....feeling so lost and cold....

linda from United States
Comment 33 of 196, added on March 9th, 2009 at 2:34 PM.

This is a very poignant poem,but more than likely written in 1855 and not
1955, as Emily died in 1886.

Brenda from United States
Comment 32 of 196, added on January 18th, 2009 at 7:10 PM.

Thank you very much ea.

Eva from United States
Comment 31 of 196, added on January 17th, 2009 at 3:02 AM.

Eva, "birds, by the snow" means you will learn that you love (or miss)
birds when it snows, because they generally migrate and are not around any
more, at least in Amherst, MA. where Emily lived. Same thing for memorial
mold on an old tombstone - the person you loved is now gone forever.

ea
Comment 30 of 196, added on January 16th, 2009 at 11:01 PM.

What does Birds, by the Snow mean in the last line of the poem?

Eva from United States
Comment 29 of 196, added on December 19th, 2008 at 9:39 AM.

i liked this poem mostly because i have lost a lot of people in my life,
and i didn't realize how much i loved and needed them until it was too
late.

katie smith from United States
Comment 28 of 196, added on December 19th, 2008 at 9:39 AM.

i liked this poem mostly because i have lost a lot of people in my life,
and i didn't realize how much i loved and needed them until it was too
late.

katie smith from United States
Comment 27 of 196, added on December 17th, 2008 at 9:46 AM.

i liked this one because it helped you see how much you miss someone or
something when it gets taken away without your say in it.

victor from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 135. Water, is taught by thirst.
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Feb 13 2002


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