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

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Comment 24 of 244, added on February 21st, 2008 at 7:33 PM.

This poem was very confusing at first. Each word was getting me no where
near comprehending the poem. After I read some of the comments posted it
hit me and I realized that the "slant of light" is hope. I think everyone
fears death but the only thing that reassures them is hope. Its like a dark
room with a window cracked letting in hope. Dickinson says "None may teach
it-any" meaning hope is not taught but learned throughout living.

Amber C. from United States
Comment 23 of 244, added on February 21st, 2008 at 10:05 AM.

Emily Dickenson's poem "There's a Certain Slant of Light" is composed of
intense emotional words in her attempt to express the torrent of feelings
within her own mind. Ms. Dickinson was trying to shed some "light" on the
unknown illness where "we can find no scar, but internal difference."
"Theres a Certain Slant of Light" inspired feelings of sympathy and sorrow
within myself for the confusion that Emily was feeling. In our present time
there is hardly an illness, mental or physical, that cannot be diagnosed
and treated with some sort of medication. Yet Emily Dickenson speaks of "An
imperial affliction" that had no name or treatment.

Sammy Brown from United States
Comment 22 of 244, added on February 21st, 2008 at 9:55 AM.

I think the "Certain Slant of Light" is hope. Hope that one day we may see
or know something more of death than pain and loss of loved ones. I think
Dickinson belives that maybe one day we will lose someone and feel no pain
and have no scar whether it is visual or internal. I disagree with this
thought. I think that pain is a part of life and that the hope of death
without pain is lost along with the one who died.

Comment 21 of 244, added on February 20th, 2008 at 9:38 PM.

I believe that the theme of Dickinson's poem "There's a cetain Slant of
Light," is unexplainable depressing feelings. Except in this poem she is
making an attempt to bring a certain "Light" on the matter. This poem seems
so intense especially in her wording "An imperial affliction...". It makes
me think if what she was writing was what she was feeling herself. Was this
her secret "Seal of Despair"? If not herself than she was being so strongly
impacted by someone she loved who must have been dealing with these
emotions, and Emily just put them into phenominal words.

Kayla Evelyn from United States
Comment 20 of 244, added on February 20th, 2008 at 3:08 PM.

I think Emily Dickenson meant that the winter is a dark, depressing time
that opresses people. I can relate to this in that winter is a dark,
depressing time for me as well. "We can find no scar, but internal
difference" refers to emotional damage. She also compares the winter light
to death.

Kady B from United States
Comment 19 of 244, added on February 19th, 2008 at 9:03 AM.

Personally i believe that this poem's theme is hope. the way she describes
the slant of light, it gives me the impression of hope for a dead loved
one. for eaxample in the poem dickenson says,"There's a certain Slant of
Winter Afternoons --
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes --". To me this means that there is always a silver
lining. no matter how grim our situations get, we always have that "slant
of light" or that burst of hope.

Also when the poems says"None may teach", it reminds me of one of the
comments given on this same site. one commenter said that hope is only
taught when we are deficients of it. i believe that is exactly what this
phrase drawn from the poem means. Hope is not something that is taught. we
aquire it.

When emily dickenson was writting, maybe she had just lost a dead loved
one. she may have been thinking about how that loss relates to the loss of
light on winter. but right when a slant or just a little bit of light come
it gives us hope. that was probably what she may have been feeling.

karen from United States
Comment 18 of 244, 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 244, 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 244, 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 244, 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

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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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