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Comment 2 of 10, added on April 15th, 2006 at 12:52 AM.

Women shouldn't be ashamed of "their actions as well as their unworldly
perfections and charming attitudes." That is just ignorant in itself.

Comment 1 of 10, added on November 3rd, 2005 at 4:46 PM.

“What soft Cherubic creatures/these gentle women are!” (1,2) Is that not
the essence of every women? Society has labeled women as fragile creatures
with only one real desire in the world, to cater to a man’s needs and stay
tucked away in the corner, hidden away from the worries of the business
world, the wars, and affairs of that “butch” nature. Yet, it is almost
inevitable that in every era of this world, a rebel is born. One woman who
stands and breaks the stereotype society so maliciously hangs over our
heads. Times, however, have changed. In the world we live today women have
strong upper hands in the way things are run in this country. A chance to
stand and lea women on that path of justice in a male dominated society
seldom shoes its face and yet so many women fail to see how much they truly
are worth. As a young child and through out my early teens I was and
occasionally still am a victim of verbal abuse from certain members of the
family as well as so called “friends.” I was made to feel worthless and
ignorant. I was classicized for my beliefs and my dreams. My self love and
confidence was torn down. My self worth should have been something that was
highly treasured in my life and doubting that worth for a second is
something that I am deeply ashamed of now that I am older and more
passionate about my goals in life. My worth should never be measured by
what other people see me as, but what I see in myself and the appreciation
that I hold for having the courage to be an individual.
In Emily Dickinson’s poem What soft Cherubic creatures, she expresses her
opinion of how women are viewed in society. She speaks of how women should
be ashamed of their actions as well as their unworldly perfections and
charming attitudes. Emily reveals to us, again, her nonconformist side, as
well as showing us that she is not afraid to be 100% honest when it comes
to her feelings of a certain subject. Ms. Dickinson is raw and brutally
honest and that is something that I can easily relate to. Women have
lowered their standards in order to participate in what society has made us
to believe is right. Most little girls are brought up believing that life
is about falling in love, getting married, having a family, and living in
this perfect home in the country or the heart of a beautiful city. They
have a vision in their mind of their wedding day and the “perfect” husband.
But, is any of that real? How much of that is reality, is any? A refined
nature and perfect etiquette, charming expressions and fancy finger
foods…is that what being a woman has come to?! When are women going to wake
up and realize that we do not live in a perfect world? Love is not like the
movies, life is not like the story books, and we women are not as perfect
as we seem or want to be seen. I am sorry to say, but the way media,
television, and music portray women, scarcely skims that surface of what I
am like. The charming smile, sitting up straight and stereotypical nature
is wasted on me. Some may call me a rebel, others, a poser, but whatever
you view me as, there is on thing for certain, I am nothing like the dainty
pin up girl you find in magazines. I am my own person and for that I am
proud. I am as far from ‘daddy’s little girl’ as one could possibly be and
the fact that I have to fall into the same category as the girls from
Laguna Beach and Miss Seventeen frankly disgusts me. But, the words of
Emily seems to sum it all up for me quite fine, “Such dimity convictions,/A
horror so refined/Of freckled human nature,/of Deity ashamed,-“(5-8)

Meaghan from United States

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Information about What Soft -- Cherubic Creatures

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 401. What Soft -- Cherubic Creatures
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Nov 5 2002

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