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

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Comment 34 of 194, 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 194, 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 194, added on January 18th, 2009 at 7:10 PM.

Thank you very much ea.

Eva from United States
Comment 31 of 194, 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 194, 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 194, 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 194, 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 194, 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
Comment 26 of 194, added on November 21st, 2008 at 10:53 AM.

i loved this poem but for some odd reason i didnt understand it in the
jbeggining but after reading it countless times i finally goty it!
its all about not taking people or things for grantedd!!!;)

YESENIA from Italy
Comment 25 of 194, added on November 17th, 2008 at 9:58 PM.

I chose to comment on this poem because I think Emily Dickinson is telling
an important message to mankind. This poem describes how people only care
to notice things once they are gone. Most people spend their time focusing
on things they dont have and forget about what is right infront of them.

Steven Howard 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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