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Analysis and comments on There's a certain Slant of light, by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 38 of 228, added on June 18th, 2008 at 10:02 AM.

i feel its a sensational poem that came from the heart of the poet.although
the poet drifts into a depth of sadness, she is still full of hope..its
very inspiring. also the distancing between a person and death reduces and
we merges within.

tutu from India
Comment 37 of 228, added on February 27th, 2008 at 3:37 AM.

In the poem "There's a certain Slant of light", Emily Dickinson shows her
powerfulness in a poem about hope in one's life. Dickinson uses the
metaphor of 'Light on winter afternoons' to show how in the cold depths of
winter, there are still the hopes of spring. Just as Emily Dickinson must
have some deep personal hope within herself at trying times. This poem
leaves me with the impression that Dickinson is, on the surface a very
negative person, yet her problems reach deep inside. Dickinson seems to
find a little bit of hope in the simplest of forms. Emily Dickinson also
seems to be very interested th the thought of death, she needs to find it
within herself to accept the truth of death that everybody must face.

Sarah Reese from United States
Comment 36 of 228, added on February 25th, 2008 at 10:42 PM.

It's ironic that she would associate oppression with "Cathedral Tunes". She
portrays religious images in a negative light (no pun intended). It's not
just hurt, it's "Heavenly Hurt". Diction? I think so.
Unlike some of you have said, the last stanza, I do not believe she is
talking about death. The "it" is still about the "Slant of light"
Now if you think the light is death, substitude death for "it". It would
read:
"When death goes, 'tis like the Distance
On the look of Death-"
It makes no sense.
Others have also said that the light signifies hope. I don't believe that
either. It would be very strange to descrive hope as oppressive.

Anna from United States
Comment 35 of 228, added on February 25th, 2008 at 6:48 AM.

In her life Dickinson explains metaphorically that like seasons come and
go, there are times when our lives are at joy, or sadness. Depending on how
we cope with these indifferences, is how far the light slants. Meaning that
however deep the problem is, the more depressed we get about the situation.
Once the problem is fixed though, you get a perfectly straight, well light
ray of light. This represents hope for us all.

Mark Kimata from United States
Comment 34 of 228, added on February 24th, 2008 at 10:41 PM.

Dickinson expresses her perception of what pain is like and goes in deeper
by saying that "none may teach it." This means that depression is
unexplainable but is just sent from above. Dickinson refers to life
depression or sadness as a "certain slant of light" that weighs heavily on
the mind and compares that with "Cathedral tunes." Other words in the poem
also refer to something in the heavens, as she mentions "Heavenly Hurt" and
"sent us of the Air." Depression and sadness are just obstacles everyone
must deal within life and unfortunately, they are totally unavoidable. The
poem definitely makes me reminisce over times when I have felt "despair,"
and "a certain slant of light."

Audrey F. from United States
Comment 33 of 228, added on February 24th, 2008 at 10:20 PM.

Confusing at first, Emily Dickenson's "There's a certain Slant of Light"
seems like a poem of depression then recovery. The bleak winter symbolizes
the painful trials in which each person must endure and the slant of light
sumbolizes the hope in us all.

Katherine Rattanawan from United States
Comment 32 of 228, added on February 24th, 2008 at 9:42 PM.

The poem "There's A Certain Slant of Light" by Emily Dickinson is about
hope. The light represents the optimism that she has that she can get
through any kind of darkness. That hope is expressed in the lines:
Heavenly Hurt, it gives us
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are.
Words she uses, such as Shadows, Despair, and Death, give me the feeling
that Ms. Dickinson has experienced some hardships in her life that she has
come through with the help of the "light". Emily Dickinson's poem is very
inspirational. It gives hope to people who have maybe seen some of the
things in their lives that she has seen. It lets people know that there is
a way through it all.


Alana from United States
Comment 31 of 228, added on February 25th, 2008 at 3:20 AM.

When I first read this poem, it didn’t really click until I read the other
postings and then re-read the poem. Only then did I fully grasp what
Dickinson was trying to represent. The poem explains how depression affects
the human. The slant of light is the depression. The "Cathedral Tunes" are
the actual weight the person feels from the depression. But all of this is
given to us by God, as shown in the line, "Sent us of the Air--". Also in
the line, “None may teach it...” the reader observes that only God can give
us this type of pain and no one else will be able to understand it. This
kind of pain leaves an “emotional scar” or an “internal difference”, only
one we can see. This actually improves us as a person and helps us deal
with more painful experiences.

Ola B. from United States
Comment 30 of 228, added on February 24th, 2008 at 7:12 PM.

This poem is about the sliver of hope that there is in every situation. No
matter how bad things may be at the time, there is always that one little
sparkle of light. While reading this poem, it made me reflect on the hard
times I have been through and how things always turned out right. The word
"scar" in the poem had the most impact. Scars all have stories and when
there new, they hurt, but over time they heal and it makes you a little
tougher.

Amanda from United States
Comment 29 of 228, added on February 23rd, 2008 at 8:43 PM.

When I first read the poem "There's a Certain Slant of Light" I really did
not understand it. I had to read it over and over again to get the full
understanding of the poem. In this poem, Emily Dickinson is describing a
certain light. This light is the light that reaches out to us and takes us
from this cold world once we die. Our cold world is represented by the
winter afternoons, "There's a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons--".
In the poem Dickinson describes how Heaven is a beautiful place but it is
also a hurtful place because we have to lose our loved ones to it;
"Heavenly Hurt, it gives us --
We can find no scar". This poem is one of Emily Dickinson's best. It grabs
your attention and makes you think about death differently. The "Shadows --
hold their breath --" because they will not be shadows anymore once we die
but we all have to leave our winter afternoon sometime.



Shayla from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 258. There's a certain Slant of light,
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 4 2002


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