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Comment 33 of 433, added on July 26th, 2011 at 9:12 PM.
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VexceatiaLNic from United States
Comment 32 of 433, added on July 26th, 2011 at 9:12 PM.
Test, just a testcv

Please one more post about that.I wonder how you got so good. This is
really a fascinating blog, lots of stuff thcat I can get into. One thing I
just want to say is that your Blog is so perfect

VexceatiaLNic from United States
Comment 31 of 433, added on April 6th, 2011 at 10:47 AM.

To the comment # 22 I disagree, Emily Dickinson, never married!

Aurora roman from United States
Comment 30 of 433, added on July 29th, 2010 at 10:18 PM.

The spring comes back in triumph to me, its humble queen.

frumpo from United States
Comment 29 of 433, added on December 2nd, 2009 at 11:35 AM.

It is easy to read this poem in any number of ways, as it is for all of
Dickinson's poems -- that's why we love them so much! :) -- but perhaps it
should be read both ways.

Dickinson lost several people very close to her, and a poem about
bereavement would not be amiss. If you read it as spring embodying life,
then spring would be a sort of slap to the face if she has just experienced
a painful death. She is mourning, and in pain, but the rest of the world is
laughing at her, and proceeding on with spring ... "They're here, though;
not a creature failed - / No Blossom stayed away / In gentle deference to
me - / The Queen of Calvary - "

Dickinson was not particularly religious, so the reference to Calvary, the
place of Jesus's crucifixion, is probably a parallel to death and not
religion. If applied in that light, she would appear to be saying, "All I
know is death. I'm still in mourning, I haven't moved on ... and yet spring
comes anyway, it cares nothing for my own sorrows."

However -- it if you read it as Robin is a man, not a bird, the meaning
changes full circle. (Readings of this sort can be seen with "I like a look
of Agony" as well.) It could be read as a sexual relationship from start to
finish, but it would have to be a fairly unfortunate one, for the ending,
"Each one salutes me, as he goes," would imply that it was a casual
encounter that meant more for her than it did for Robin.

If it is read as purely a relationship, it fits a little better with the
story of Dickinson's life. There is evidence that she was in love, perhaps
several times, but no indications that these relationships where ever
actuated, much less made physical. The dread of the first Robin could be
seen as the uncertainty of her first true relationship, and a belief that
if she could bear the first awkward phase, that it would be better
afterward. The Daffodils could be other women or friends who disapprove of
her choice, the Grass stanza a wish for him to come and see her. The Bees
could be a metaphor for "busy-bees," or gossips, who care little about her
and are only interested in the drama. They came anyway, though, and she is
hurt by them. Possibly this is a reference to these Bees ruining
everything, or ending in some way the relationship with Robin.

There are a thousand ways to read this, and all have their merits ... these
are the readings I feel have the most evidence to support them. :)

Sara from United States
Comment 28 of 433, added on June 4th, 2009 at 2:38 PM.

You are all wrong this is clearly some old, lonely rug-muncher wishing she
could get a bit of real action with Robin on the side. You guys are just
can't read deep enough into the poem.

Number One from United Kingdom
Comment 27 of 433, added on May 17th, 2009 at 11:39 PM.

I find it highly illogical to reason that the robin is a man and that the
poem as a whole relates to marrage since Dickinson never married. Her love
life consisted of a harsh critic of her poetry who lead her into
disillution and a reverend. It is common sence to reject this theory
because of her love life background. Analization of her other poems would
help to arrive at the conclution that the poem is most likely about her
rejection to change.

Liliana from United States
Comment 26 of 433, added on July 1st, 2008 at 9:03 PM.

Sorry but I can't go along with any of the "Robin as male lover" ideas. The
poem always struck me as dealing with the central tragedy of life -- all
this beauty is subsumed under the cycle of birth and decay, and the more
you long for something, you are unwittingly accentuating the sadness of its
inevitable passing. The drums at the end are jolting to the sense, as if
the poet has suddenly and unbearably perceived the whole show as a funeral

Tad from United States
Comment 25 of 433, added on April 16th, 2008 at 7:58 PM.

What makes the death/grieving the best interpretation is that she calls
herself the "Queen of Calvary." Calvary is defined as 1 : an open-air
representation of the crucifixion of Jesus 2 : an experience of usually
intense mental suffering (MW dictionary). Essentially she is referring to
herself as the Queen of Death, hence why spring (symbolizing life) hurts

In the first and second stanzas, the first spring (signaled by the robin's
appearance and "pianos in the woods," birds) is depicted as painful to the
speaker, who has just lost someone to death. She is afraid of meeting these
blatant symbols of life. Her admission that "he hurts a little though"
reveal that her grief has not completely dissolved; her powerlessness to
stem the coming of spring (shown by her weary statement "they're here,
though") also relate this same emotion.

So, as time and nature continue to march on to their "unthinking drums,"
the speaker is forced to acknowledge that life must go on.

nm from United States
Comment 24 of 433, added on February 24th, 2008 at 2:43 PM.

I think Emily Dickinson is talking bollocks.

Whats she mean by "not all pianos in the woods?"

Nathan Goodfirend

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 348. I dreaded that first Robin, so,
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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