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Analysis and comments on I like a look of Agony, by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 9 of 24, added on January 26th, 2011 at 9:07 PM.
Reminds me

This poem reminds me of the song "Vicarious" by Tool. We as humans attempt
to experience death as we live vicariously through the deaths of others.
Death in actuality is unfathomable by the living.

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Comment 8 of 24, added on June 21st, 2010 at 4:10 PM.

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Comment 7 of 24, added on December 8th, 2009 at 11:36 AM.

The "beads upon the forehead" refer to a few things. Literally, they are
the beads of sweat that form upon the brow when someone is convulsing in
agony. For example, when women give birth, they sweat from the intense
level of pain birth produces.

Additionally, the "beads upon the forehead/ by homely anguish strung" also
give a more visual message. Imagine a string of water droplets that
circles the forehead. The string of beads is like a halo, a more symbolic
representation that the person who is writhing in agony is truly in the
clutches of death.

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Comment 6 of 24, added on December 5th, 2009 at 6:05 PM.

What's up with the "beads upon the forehead/ by homely anguish strung"

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I'm guessing it refers to the sweat on your forehead when you're in intense
anguish

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Comment 5 of 24, added on April 6th, 2009 at 10:16 PM.

What's up with the "beads upon the forehead/ by homely anguish strung"

jjosh from New Zealand

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Information about I like a look of Agony,

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 241. I like a look of Agony,
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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