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Analysis and comments on Why -- do they shut Me out of Heaven? by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 4 of 68, added on January 16th, 2012 at 7:26 PM.

This poem speaks to me about a person who wants to meet God on their own
terms. The speaker muses that her behavior (possibly singing too loud)
might be keeping her out of heaven and that she might have to change-by
becoming more timid and more considerate. However she only muses on all
this for just a short time because she goes right back to the behavior
that she suspects is keeping her out of heaven in the first place-singing
too loud.

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Comment 3 of 68, added on June 24th, 2010 at 5:37 PM.

Why won't God accept me?

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Comment 2 of 68, added on April 20th, 2007 at 4:15 AM.

This poem to me shows how Dickinson saw society casting her out. She uses
the metaphore of heaven to show it truly pains her that they see her as not
fit to part of what they have. She debates at the end of the poem if she
would treat them the same way, but sees that she would have a hard time
using the metaphor of a priest or an angel perhapse.

Comment 1 of 68, added on November 12th, 2004 at 1:40 PM.

When Aaron Copland set this poem into "The twelve poems of Emily Dickinson"
he used "sing" instead of "say" in "but I can "Sing" a little minor." I
dont' know if this is due to the fact that he had a different version of if
there was a typo somewhere along the way, but since the song uses the
metaphor of singing as a key to get to heaven, I think it makes more sense
to substitute sing there.

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 248. Why -- do they shut Me out of Heaven?
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Feb 1 2002

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