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Comment 6 of 7, added on January 15th, 2013 at 12:25 PM.

I love this poem just about as much as i like to eat feces :)

Comment 5 of 7, added on January 1st, 2012 at 11:35 PM.

wat type of poem is this?????

Comment 4 of 7, added on June 29th, 2010 at 11:05 AM.

God (or my father) has hemmed me in. He treats me kindly, after a fashion,
but I do not give myself to Him.

frumpo from United States
Comment 3 of 7, added on February 5th, 2008 at 2:12 AM.

after further reading this poem and when i say further i mean numerous
times. this is my final thought about it.

In the beginning of the first stanza the poet presents to the reader an
individual whose life is limited by her parents strict guidelines, as
stated in the first two sentences “he put the belt around my life, ¬¬¬¬- I
heard the buckle snap.” This individual is portraying to the reader that
the parents have set down these rules and there is no way around them. As
the stanza continues he implies that he must take on the tasks given “as a
duke would do a kingdom’s title deed”. The poet compares the duke to the
child, the kingdom as the parents and the title deed being the tasks given
at hand. In the concluding sentences the poet reiterates that the
individual is highly dedicated to successfully complete each task give to
him, as though he was a man of high prestige.

not to sure how much this might help u but there it is

joe daaboul from United States
Comment 2 of 7, added on June 13th, 2005 at 1:21 PM.

It could be a man controlling her life--her father, Wadsworth,
Higginson?--but it makes more sense to identify the "He" and "Whom" with
god. The belt is some kind of sign of office, the one who puts the belt on
the speaker is a "Duke" with "imperial" stature. Once belted, the speaker
becomes a member of the elite and ethereal "Cloud." (If you wanted to you
could read this a some kind of kinky bondage thing--The Story of E--but
that would be inappropriate and less than tactful.)

With the second eight lines in place, I see the poem as a wry and witty,
even slightly rueful, comment on ED's famous reclusivity. There might not
have been a train she wouldn't take as it lapped up its miles, but in fact
she did take very few, and she did care where they were going!

And of course, like most of ED's other poems, you can sing it to the tune
of "The Yellow Rose of Texas" or "Amazing Grace," or any other song in
psalm meter.

Ciarog from United States
Comment 1 of 7, added on April 21st, 2005 at 9:47 PM.

i re-read this poem over and over and i can never fully grasp the point of
the poem. i feel it's about a man who is controlling her life. is this
true? please contact me at the email address above.

Sheree from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 273. He put the Belt around my life
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Oct 19 2002

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