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Analysis and comments on Safe in their Alabaster Chambers by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 2 of 22, added on January 27th, 2005 at 9:23 PM.

Here's what I got from the poem:

Alabaster chambers are coffins, the "rafter of satin" being the satin
lining on the coffin lid and "roof of stone" being the gravestone above.

The members of the Resurrection (the dead people) are sleeping, untouched
by time, and the world above is unconcerned with their passing; it goes on,
and they aren't aware of what goes on in it ("Babbles the Bee in a stolid

A year later she revised the poem and added a verse; it was the start of
the Civil War.

Lisa from United States
Comment 1 of 22, added on January 9th, 2005 at 8:11 PM.

I really like this poem. It is very solemn and provokes a strong image of
someone lying in their coffin.

Max from United States

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Information about Safe in their Alabaster Chambers

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 216. Safe in their Alabaster Chambers
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jan 29 2002

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