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Comment 3 of 353, added on November 4th, 2005 at 9:31 AM.

Emily, in this poem, is once again displaying her desire to be unorthodox
and her success in doing so. While many people choose to celebrate the
Sabbath in a church, she sees this as a waste of time and not truly
appreciating the Sabbath at all. The Sabbath began as a Pagan holiday
celebrating the turn of the seasons, regardless of the Christian
connotation it now has. So, in staying true to the original essence of the
Sabbath, Emily enjoys nature and experiences all it has to offer. Contrary
to this, of course, is staying cooped up inside a stuffy building,
listening to someone talk about things you’ll hear a million times over
before you die. Moreover, instead of listening to someone worship God for
her, she will do it directly and have her own relationship, eliminating the
clerical middleman. Emily, finally, concludes that she won’t stop her life
to worship when she could be doing it equally well at home. Even if she
doesn’t get to Heaven, she proclaims, at least she will have had a full
life instead of life that’d been frittered away in a Church.

Nodnarb from United States
Comment 2 of 353, added on January 28th, 2005 at 8:05 PM.

Your have a typo in the penultimate line. It is at last, not at least....

Jan Lee Ande from United States
Comment 1 of 353, added on December 10th, 2004 at 3:27 AM.

Line three of the last or third stanza is incorrect and should read:

So instead of getting to Heaven, at LAST-

Rich from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 324. Some keep the Sabbath going to Church
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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