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Comment 8 of 118, added on May 24th, 2005 at 7:10 PM.

We are analyzing this poem in my 9th grade honors english class, and we
have came up with a possible thing she is drunk on:
"From inns of molten blue"- inns= home. Many hardcore/devout Christians
believe that they are not truly home until they reside in Heaven. "Molten
Blue"-the sky remember heaven is in the sky...
All the talk of the angels and seraphs rushing to look through their window
at the drunkard leaning on the Sun- "The Sun" is a play on words- The
"Son"- as in Jesus. She is "drunk" on spirituality and needs support from

Word Up

Tha_Real_Rasta from Jamaica
Comment 7 of 118, added on May 3rd, 2005 at 12:53 PM.

I've discussed this particular poem in literature class, and believe it to
be about fellatio. When butterflies renounce...even ties into Emily's
rumour as a virgin unto death. Anyways, I have heard the nature argument
before, but do believe this poem to be erotic in nature. Any thoughts on

dgtheory from United States
Comment 6 of 118, added on April 25th, 2005 at 3:00 PM.

I have to write a reader respone critical analasys on this poem. It would
be great if i could get some ideas to build on and use! Thanks.

tom from United States
Comment 5 of 118, added on April 11th, 2005 at 8:36 AM.

Portraying nature as inebriating is unusual; drunkness is generally viewed
with disapproval, but here being drunk is depicted as a wonderfully
inspiring, even exalted, feeling.

The speaker's willingness to shock the Seraphs and Saints with her natural
intoxication suggests an ironic distance from institutionalized religion.

Credit goes to the Texas Annotated Teacher's Edition of Elements of
Literature Grade 2 - Page T382

Pisces from United States
Comment 4 of 118, added on January 28th, 2005 at 12:44 PM.

There will bed no extra credit for the Scottish. Bow to the will of heaven

Kenzo from Japan
Comment 3 of 118, added on January 28th, 2005 at 11:27 AM.

Gotta love the alcohol reference,
Give me extra credit Mr. Griffeth

The Scotsman from United Kingdom
Comment 2 of 118, added on January 25th, 2005 at 10:45 PM.

I understand that she is intoxicated with nature but i have some questions
about a few indevidual lines.
-are "tankards scooped in pearl" a literal metaphor, and if so, for what?
what kind of even metaphorical "tankard" could encompass all of nature.
The only thing i can think of is the world itself, but how is that "scooped
in pearl?"
- also, in the last stanza when dickinson mentions seraphs and saints
running to greet the "tipppler" is she referring to the narrator's death
and arrival in heavan? if so, is this poem really just about nature, or
about how to live in general?

kathy from United States
Comment 1 of 118, added on January 25th, 2005 at 3:25 PM.

How can she taste a liquor that was never brewd? Can there be such thing?
Yes. It is called Nature. She is intoxicated by nature.
(Please e-mail me your opinions and thoughts on any of Emily Dickinson
poems. Don't forget the title of the poem. Actually, it would be great if
you could e-mail me the whole poem. Thanks.)

Sephiroth from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 214. I taste a liquor never brewed
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Nov 27 2005

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