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Analysis and comments on The only Ghost I ever saw by Emily Dickinson

Comment 8 of 8, added on July 2nd, 2010 at 1:37 PM.

An experience with the Holy Spirit or a dead person.

frumpo from United States
Comment 7 of 8, added on January 8th, 2008 at 10:27 AM.

If the word "Mosaic" is taken as being an adjective, it means relating to
the religious figure, Moses. In the context of the poem, that could mean
Dickinson is comparing the attire of the Ghost to the clothes that Moses
would wear, as she says "His fashions, quaint, Mosaic".
That is my interpretation at least, as it seems to make more sense.
Also, the last line is ambiguous. Does she mean "I'm too scared to look
behind me because seeing that Ghost has made me more afraid of death
'stalking' me"
Or does she mean "I'm never going to look back" as in, I'm looking only at
the future and not concerned with the worries of death.

Clare from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 8, added on May 16th, 2007 at 6:18 PM.

i really like this poem it is cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yesenia
Comment 5 of 8, added on February 27th, 2006 at 4:16 AM.

i felt that there were many interpretations to the poem. i feel that from
the poem we learned a lot about about Dickinsons fascination with the
afterlife, but i also believe that the ghost doesnt have to be taken on a
metaphorical level. The ghost may be representing her father as he was the
only real male influence in her life. as she lived in that big house for so
long alone, she could be hullucinating also.

lauren from United Kingdom
Comment 4 of 8, added on January 19th, 2006 at 6:18 AM.

Do you think then that it can be a metaphor for the mosiac of life? Life
is like an intricate spider's web, fragile, beautiful, spun, but eventually
broken (death)?

Anna from United Kingdom
Comment 3 of 8, added on November 30th, 2005 at 11:23 AM.

I LOVE CAMEL TOES

Shannon Hammer from Iraq
Comment 2 of 8, added on October 11th, 2005 at 2:39 PM.

some people misread this poem (I include my earlier self in this group!) by
not searching for "mosaic" in the O.E.D., where they will find that it can
mean a kind of lace "on account of small sprigs being used to build up the
pattern as pieces of stone and glass are used in mosaic work."

james means from United States
Comment 1 of 8, added on November 28th, 2004 at 10:59 AM.

To me, this poem highlights Dickinson's obvious fascination with the
afterlife. Not only does it portray the supoernatural as sensical,
comprehendable beings, but encourages us not to fear death, or what may
come after it. Dickinson does not try and indoctrinate us into one
particualr viewpoint, but leaves the poem open for any religious
interpretation the reader may wish to formulate.

Lizzy O'Connor from United Kingdom

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 274. The only Ghost I ever saw
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Dec 30 2001


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