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Analysis and comments on A slash of Blue by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 13 of 313, added on January 18th, 2005 at 8:38 PM.

i love this poem ilove the sky! i love how the sun sets but is it truely
about the civil war? maybe it is maybe its not but it is a gorgeous poem!

jamie from United States
Comment 12 of 313, added on January 13th, 2005 at 8:35 PM.

this poem is definitely about the civil war. The civil war was one of the
most influential times on Dickinsons poetry. The slash of Blue is
representative of marching Union soldiers, while the streak of gray is the
confederates early in the morning. red patches could be representative of
the bandages used for the soldiers wounds. The evening sky is Emily's wish
for the war to finish. Purple slipped between might be cannon smoke as
shelooks out the window. ruby trousers hurried on is the wounded soldier
being stretchered quickly away. the repetition of morning sky elaborates on
how gruesome war is in a matter of moments. Maybe I'm completely off but
thats what I saw.

dale from United States
Comment 11 of 313, added on November 16th, 2004 at 3:26 PM.

really? how do you get the civil war out of this. i agree witht he
others. if there is something i am not seeing, please help and explain
more. thanx

nicolette from United States
Comment 10 of 313, added on November 9th, 2004 at 9:13 PM.

I believe the civil war is what she is talking about. It is not beautiful
at all, it is sad and descriptive. It is almost like she is saying, what
seems to be isn't.

anita from United States
Comment 9 of 313, added on October 28th, 2004 at 4:11 PM.

Why does no one see what the lady is describing. The irony in it is that a
poem so beautiful describes a scene so horrible. I think she is telling us
about the Civil War.

Audren Glass from United States
Comment 8 of 313, added on October 21st, 2004 at 7:07 PM.

The poem has vivid and colorful imagery. And the diction is simple and
comprehensible. When the gold wave is mentioned I get a beautiful picture
of the sun. This free verse poem is really good also because of the
figurative language within its context.

Rachel from United States
Comment 7 of 313, added on October 18th, 2004 at 3:52 PM.

If there are other words to describe the sky like this, they are no longer
needed. This is truly a masterpiece.

Waylon from Canada
Comment 6 of 313, added on October 13th, 2004 at 8:32 PM.

Finally! One poem i understand. I look at the other poems and go all wierd
scrunched in face to wonder what it means...

some guy... from United States
Comment 5 of 313, added on October 11th, 2004 at 9:55 PM.

I am doing a project for literature and i don't understand most of these
poems. But this one I understand perfectly, Whenever I am looking at the
sky I always think of it as a perfect painting and this and this poem
explains my idea perfectly.

Ashley Morales from United States
Comment 4 of 313, added on September 27th, 2004 at 12:56 PM.

I am doing this for a project and was having a hard time knowing what to
choose. I have decided on this one because of the comments that people
wrote on this poem.

cutie pie :) from Botswana

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Information about A slash of Blue

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 204. A slash of Blue
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
Viewed: 1922 times
Poem of the Day: Oct 19 2003


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