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

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Comment 18 of 228, added on February 15th, 2008 at 5:24 PM.

This poem was hard to understand at first. After I reread it and read the
comments from others, I saw the other opnions and ways to look at it. I
realized the message of the poem, which was about death and the after-life.

alexandra and e'lexis from United States
Comment 17 of 228, added on February 15th, 2008 at 8:56 AM.

I believe that the message Emily Dickinson is trying to say is that when
you see death, you see heaven, and you see hell. When I read it, I didn't
quite understand it at first, but when I read it over and over again, the
message became clearer and clearer to me. When Emily Dickinson wrote
"That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes-"
I believed that those two lines were the lines that were the most confusing
to me. There were also the words that were capitalized, such as Landscape,
Shadows, and Death- I must say, it is very peculiar to why Dickinson
capitalized certain words jjust to add more emphasis to the poem.
Basically, this is a very moving poem. Read it!

Patrick from United States
Comment 16 of 228, added on January 24th, 2008 at 8:29 PM.

this poem is about depression. it is emily dickinsons attempt to describe
the feelings that accompany depression, at a time when doctors and
physicians did not realize depression was an illness or an actual mental
problem. Dickinson explains that the feeling of depression is like the heft
[heaviness, weight] of cathedral tunes. The auditory imagery of this gives
the reader the impression of the deep organ tunes often heard from
churches. Another use of imagery is in the picture Dickinson gives the
reader of the slant of light on a winter afternoon. Dickinson lived on the
east coast, where winter afternoons held a dreary, downcast, grey sky.
Dickinson describes depression as a hurt that leaves no scar, as it is not
visible to others. She explins that depression on changes on internally
[where the meanings are].

emily jesus from United States
Comment 15 of 228, added on January 3rd, 2008 at 8:17 PM.

The poem seems to reflect the way one feels when one is feeling ill. The
illness seems to have hit us "out of the blue." We think (hope) this will
pass. No one else can appreciate our suffering or sense our inner despair.
Soon, we believe (hope) we will get through this period and feel better.
Hopefully, soon we'll look into the mirror and see our healthy selves
looking back. Then this bad time will be just an unpleasant memory.

Ann Cotrupi from United States
Comment 14 of 228, added on May 4th, 2007 at 8:54 AM.

i think this poem is about suckin paynus

noah from United States
Comment 13 of 228, added on January 30th, 2006 at 11:11 AM.

This poem can have many different meanings to it. But to me, this poem
means the person is standing in front of the door way to death looking back
at their life and what they did. The music being played is from their
funeral and the light shinig is from God's stair way and taking their last
breath is they are finally near death.


Cherell B. from United States
Comment 12 of 228, added on January 27th, 2006 at 1:45 PM.

In this poem,Emily Dickson is expressing her mind about hope and then she
is relating it to the eternal idea od death.In the poem, she personifies
hope as the slant of light in the winter. She also repressents death as a
symbol of sorrows, sadness and agony.

Sidra Muntaha from United States
Comment 11 of 228, added on January 27th, 2006 at 1:51 PM.

IN THE POEM "THERE'S A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT" I THINK IT SPEAKS ABOUT HER
LIVING HER LAST FEW MINUTES ON EARTH.SHE IS REMINISING AS SHE LIES IN HER
CASKET WAITING TO BE PUT SIX FEET UNDER.THE CATHEDRAL TUNES THAT SHE
MENTIONS ARE THE TUNES THAT ARE BEING PLAYED AT HER FUNERAL.I ALSO FEEL
THAT THE CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT THAT SHE IS EXPERIENCING IS THE LIGHT THAT
IS SHINING THROUGH THE WINDOW OF THE FUNERAL CAR."SHADOWS-HOLD THEIR
BREATH-"IS EXPRESSING THE FACT THAT SHE IS NOW GOING UNDERGROUND AND THE
VERY END HAS NEARED.

Ciara from United States
Comment 10 of 228, added on January 27th, 2006 at 1:33 PM.

In my opion,the certain slant of light on a cold winter day for emily
Dickinson is mysterious,like she thinks there's a meaning to the light.I
definitely think that she is refering death, and that everyting goes silent
when your spirit leaves the body, and your free.Although she's talking
about death, she still incorporates the beauty of nature into the poem.this
poem gives me the idea thta she believes that we are all going to leave the
earth with nothing heavy on our soul's except for the events in our life
that truly matter.

shanay-nay from United States
Comment 9 of 228, added on January 27th, 2006 at 1:40 PM.

I believe that this poem is about enduring things in life and finding a way
to get through it. When it is refering to winter it is referring to tough
times that we will experience in our lifetime. The "light" in the poem
symbolizes hope. Life can seem dark and dull at times, but when a little
light shines it gives you a great sense of hope that there can be a better
tommorow! Without these tough and dark times that Emily Dickinson refers
to, we would not grow or mature in the way that God has intended for us. In
my opinion I believe that when we experience these tough times God is the
one who sends a light to give us hope in the dark times.

Brittany 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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