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Comment 4 of 70, added on July 8th, 2010 at 6:00 PM.

Life is difficult and then we die, but there is Heaven, but will that make
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Comment 2 of 70, added on April 3rd, 2008 at 1:05 AM.

i think this poem can also be seen as a response to some of the mainstream
romantic ideas of her time. the words "i reason" speak to an audience that
has fallen in love with the belief that they are able to transcend this
world by their own actions and attempts to reach an enlightened state of
being. Emily reminds her contemporaries that no matter what kind of
transcendent state we may be able to reach through our ability to reason,
we still all die. She leaves us with "But, what of that" at the end of
each stanza, and this seems to be reaffirming her skepticism of the ideas
advanced by romantic art. So what if we can enlighten ourselves she seems
to be asking.

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Comment 1 of 70, added on April 5th, 2006 at 6:16 AM.

We can never surpass the death ,no matter how energetic we are when we
alive.We should face the death directly. Life is short, though we should
still keep on living.

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 301. I reason, Earth is short
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Sep 22 2002

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