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Comment 20 of 500, added on October 8th, 2011 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 19 of 500, added on July 20th, 2010 at 12:03 PM.

What great pain (physical or emotional) feels like over time.

frumpo from United States
Comment 18 of 500, added on February 18th, 2010 at 10:20 AM.
Emily D

can yall tell me more about her!!!!!!

brittany aka star from United States
Comment 17 of 500, added on September 15th, 2008 at 3:55 AM.

The day my father died this poem came to my mind. Sure it can be about many
kinds of "pain". However, the death of a beloved calls stronger for it.

Alvaro from Brazil
Comment 16 of 500, added on May 9th, 2008 at 11:05 AM.

i think this poem is about death

Comment 15 of 500, added on March 5th, 2008 at 9:13 PM.

While I agree this poem is indeed about death, I don't believe that it is
from the standpoint of those who have lost a loved one, but rather of the
apparent pronouns Emily creates out of words that are regularly nouns-
"Heart", "Nerves", "Air" etcetera. If you read it like these objects and
feelings are beings themselves, your outlook on the poem shifts.

ellen from Canada
Comment 14 of 500, added on February 25th, 2008 at 11:18 PM.

by limiting this poem to just "death", we are eliminating all the other
possible reasons for the "pain".

Anna from United States
Comment 13 of 500, added on February 12th, 2008 at 3:30 AM.

i think this poem is about the pain that has been suffered after a broke up
with someone you truly love.she is now on the process of letting go.

janet morcoso from Philippines
Comment 12 of 500, added on April 19th, 2006 at 3:54 AM.

This has many different meanings for me,death can be more than physical
death as others have commented.Dealing with a serious physical condition it
reminds me of first knowledge of time limits on life.Then it also brings
the pain of other loss,losing someone not in body but maybe in soul.
Watching as the real person dissappears and becomes a stranger. I hope this
is understood very intense and difficult to place in words.

Marcia Thomas from United States
Comment 11 of 500, added on April 17th, 2006 at 8:58 AM.

Emily Dickinson’s poem After a Great Pain is about how to deal
with the emotional pain of someone’s death. During her life, Dickinson saw
many of her friends die and had to go through the pain of losing people
that she loved. In this poem, Dickinson, using imagery, metaphors and
diction, explain the “great pain” she felt and how to get through it.
One of the things that Dickinson notice about people is that even
though they have gone through that pain, they still go through their daily
lives as if nothings ever happened. That even though we feel great pain and
suffering, we do not show any signs of affecting our lives. Dickinson says
“The Feet, mechanical, go round –” to explain what she and other has done,
that like machines we will keep on going and going. They will question G-d,
life and “The stiff Heart questions was it He, that bore”. They will keep
on asking questions of why this happened to them.
Dickinson knows that life can be a “wooden way regardless grown”. In other
words life is full of obstacles and great emotional pain. Looking closely
at the diction one even hears the “groan” of her pain in the word grown.
However sad this experience is people will bottle up this feeling inside of
them. The people will become “A Quartz contentment like stone—“, they don’t
want anybody to tell them that it will be alright. Although this is the
“Hour of Lead”, one of our hardest times on our lives, people want to be
alone. She knows that great emotional pain is not for the weak and that it
will be hard to survive it and some will not make it. For those that
survived she says they will become like “As Freezing persons recollect the
Snow—First—Chill—then Stupor—then the letting go”. She explains using this
sentence that in order to survive such a great emotional pain that part of
you will die.


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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 341. After great pain, a formal feeling comes
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Nov 8 2003

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