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Analysis and comments on We grow accustomed to the Dark by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 4 of 80, added on March 16th, 2006 at 4:57 PM.

I think that the poem is about humanity and our general fear of the future
or the unknown. With "We grow accustomed to the Dark" and the rest of the
first stanza, it’s stating that as we are surrounded in fear we become used
to it, live in it, thrive in it. But there are times that this Darkness is
not able to control people, and these people adapt to whatever fears or
horrors they may see/witness and strive to break free with adamant
endeavor. Stanza four tells of how of these people that resist the
Darkness, there are a few that will undergo some sort of realization that
sets them free of their fears and allows them to see truly, unhindered by
emotional distortion. At this time the final stanza explains that the
previously spoken is a turning point in the existence of the Darkness
itself—that people either succumb to their fears and live without question
of reality or people achieve a mental greatness that allows them to
transcend the Darkness and mold it into whatever they desire it to be,
effectively granting them control of their own perception of reality.
Regardless, this is how “Life”, being in essence simply ‘the way things
work’, occurs, and continues to do so in a constant pattern with slight
hiccups every time the Darkness is defeated. This is the story of human
nature and the mind.

Sam Jeffery from United States
Comment 3 of 80, added on March 13th, 2006 at 10:47 AM.

It could be about overcoming a fear of death but I see it more as when one
is plunged into a certain way of life, a darker or just plain less enthused
way of life you stumble at first and then grow used to it. Like if you had
a headache and it was there for days, never wavering eventually you would
become accustomed to it, and carry on with it. Such as being thrown into
darkness your eyes adjust and you can see. I think she just means that
however bad things get and you think you might not get where you're going
you'll get used to it, or get through it, or even just accept it and live
with it as reality.

Rachel from Canada
Comment 2 of 80, added on October 20th, 2004 at 6:49 PM.

The poem calmly overcomes fear of the future, and I think, any fear of
death. It has a soothing, comforting message that is like breathing fresh
air on awakening on a warm spring morning.

Audren Glass from United States
Comment 1 of 80, added on October 19th, 2004 at 10:24 AM.

Is there any particular reason that your copy of this poem doesn't have the
plural "darknesses" in the line: "And so of larger -- Darknesses --?" As
far as I know that is how it was originally written.

Daschelle from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 419. We grow accustomed to the Dark
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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