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Comment 14 of 504, 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 504, 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 504, 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 504, 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.

Comment 10 of 504, added on March 18th, 2006 at 3:59 PM.

I think this poem is about dying. First, after 'great pain, a formal
feeling comes' means that nothing is felt after the endured pain. Then
'The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs' and echoes lifelessness. This is
comparable to the last stanza when 'As Freezing persons, recollect the
Snow-- First--Chill(pain)--then Stupor(unconsciousness)--then letting

JehJar from United States
Comment 9 of 504, added on October 24th, 2005 at 7:09 PM.

Dickinson is a master of brevity. Just look at the comments on it, there is
scarcely one shorter than the actual poem. This reminds me of Sonnet 73 in
the way it lays down the last line. The "Chill" is the first paragraph, The
"Stupor" of the mechanical feet and the rock like "Quartz contentment of
"the letting go"

When I try to Briefly describe Dickinson it is usually in three letters:
Wow. That shows mt tact compared to hers.

Dustin Martens from Canada
Comment 8 of 504, added on June 7th, 2005 at 10:03 AM.

i feel she is an inspirational poet who deserves to be reconigsed for her
great works

emily young from Ireland
Comment 7 of 504, added on June 3rd, 2005 at 1:07 AM.

I think this poem is about a shooting of some kind. The numbness you feel
after being shot. The mechanical feet go round sounds and what I picture is
an armys feet all going at the same time, looking mechanical. I think the
hour of lead is symbolizeing when the bullet struck.

HAli from United States
Comment 6 of 504, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 11:42 AM.

i agree with what everyone has said about this poem. it haas to do with
her-self or a person that has just went through a trouble lost. The
emotional scaring/pain that the person is goin through is causeing so much
agony to that the person, that they begin to lose all feeling and is left
with nothing but a lost and transfixed mental state. the one thing that i
do not understand is what the significanc of the hour lead has to do with
anything. if anyone can fill me in on that, it would be most appreciated.

JAY from Canada
Comment 5 of 504, added on November 23rd, 2004 at 11:23 AM.

I think Emily Dickinson depicts a few aspects of the grieiving process.
When grieving, one goes through a phase of numbness. This could also be
seen as denial. Your actions are so mechanical. In the immediate days
follwing a death of a loved one, you seem the strongest in order to help
you get through the funeral. You plan the music, order flowers, write the
obituary. After the funeral, you come to the point of "snapping out of it"
or "letting go" and having to acutally deal with your pain. This is when
the difficult grieiving process really begins.

Joanna Merrell from United States

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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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