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Analysis and comments on I'm "wife" -- I've finished that by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 6 of 896, added on October 12th, 2007 at 10:10 AM.

My feeling is that Emily may be mocking someone who is newly married and
perhaps has "sniffed" at Emily, but that in fact, she is deeply jealous and
does understand that being married "eclipses" girlhood. She no doubt did
long for the state of marriage where she could be the Tzar of her own
household and get away from her father.

ea
Comment 5 of 896, added on July 6th, 2007 at 10:19 PM.

This poem is about an uneasy-contradictory feeling of a young woman who is
turning into a woman, especially a wife that seems "safer and more
comfortable", but stopping her from becoming a full human being with no
self empowerment and self identity anymore. That's why she calls the
marriage as an eclipse--though a soft one because of her uneasy (read
unsatisfied) but culturally obligated feeling on marriage. Basically, she
is not satisfied with the marriage life; and that's why she keeps comparing
(though she says 'why compare?') herself from the beginning to the end of
the poem.

Akun from Indonesia
Comment 4 of 896, added on April 17th, 2006 at 1:07 AM.

It's amazing how this poem can be interpreted so many different ways. All
three previous comments are completely different and mine is different
still! I believe Dickenson is playing feminist. She is saying it is better
to be "Woman" rather than "Wife." Once you make this realization, you will
see things as differently as the dead see life on earth. However, she ends
in a cynical tone: With independence comes pain, so it is natural for women
to stop at "Wife."

Steve from United States
Comment 3 of 896, added on March 19th, 2006 at 10:41 AM.

I studied this poem in class and Emily Dickinson is not finding security
with becoming a woman, but insecurities. She does not want to be a wife or
a woman and puts these words in quotes because they seem foreign when
comapred to herself. This relates to her family life also because her
father did not expect a woman to become of anything and Emily rejected her
mother's identity insisting in her poems that she is an orphan upon
herself. In this poem she fantasizes that she did enter in some kind of
marriage, but she seems to almost be mocking it.

Grace from United States
Comment 2 of 896, added on October 12th, 2005 at 3:31 PM.

A poem for the ages.. this one! Ms Dickinson is quite straight forward in
this poem... as straight forward as she'll ever be. She speaks of her
leaving the status of mistress with her lover. She is no longer a girl as
they have consemated the relationship; and this brings a sort of power to
her that she expresses by say "I'm Czar -- I'm 'Woman' now--." She has left
the inexperience and confusion of girls and has move on to the securites
and confindence of a woman and a wife.

Wallace
Comment 1 of 896, added on April 20th, 2005 at 10:23 PM.

I think she finds comfort in being in a weaker postion. Or perhaps a
womanly position and relinquishing power to a "man". She speaks of being
done being in charge the "I'm Czar"; she is now a "woman" perhaps a female
servant/worker like the Earth to heaven. She is pointing out maybe the
natural progression of a girl's life from willfulness to marrage in "the
soft eclipse". Almost like she sees marriage as a shelter from pain.

neobuccaneer from United States

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Information about I'm "wife" -- I've finished that

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 199. I'm "wife" -- I've finished that
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Apr 21 2007


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