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

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Comment 42 of 252, added on January 18th, 2009 at 8:17 AM.

I highly doubt that this poem is about hope. I'm in a higher level IB
english class, and recently all we have been doing is analyzing poems by
Dickinson. This happens to be my second favorite, after "If you were coming
in the fall". I believe Dickinson is trying to put her feelings of
depression into words. Because it is a feeling, it is not easily put into
words, and so you cannot take the literal meanings when analyzing it.
Dickinson effectively communicates that even when depression leaves you, it
leaves a scar and it is almost as if there is no relief from it.

Lisa from Japan
Comment 41 of 252, added on November 20th, 2008 at 8:59 AM.

Let me tell you about the safest form of sex. It's when you're having sex
with ten different people and you're totally unprotected and taking
intervenus drugs.....no it's not true.....you gotta carry a weapon!!!

Tom Delonge from Turkey
Comment 40 of 252, added on November 19th, 2008 at 9:50 AM.

Tree had bear!? Smell the color four. OMG!! Everything tasted like
purple. You like to see homos naked.

Travis Barker from Zimbabwe
Comment 39 of 252, added on November 19th, 2008 at 9:40 AM.

I think there is big paynus being sucked in this poem! LET'S HEAR IT FOR

Mark Hoppus from Fiji
Comment 38 of 252, 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 252, 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 252, 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
"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 252, 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 252, 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 252, 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

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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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