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Comment 25 of 385, added on May 3rd, 2007 at 10:28 AM.

this poem is a direct reference to John Keats Ode to a Grecian Urn written
about 60 years before this poem was written. The obvious meaning is that
Keats is the man who died for Truth and Dickinson died for Beauty, however,
time eventually destroys them both, refering to the fact that Keats died
before his poems became famous, and Dickinson felt that the same would
happen to her.

Paul from United States
Comment 24 of 385, added on April 17th, 2007 at 7:59 PM.

In analyzing this poem for my english class, I have come to several
conclusions. Dickenson is using "Beauty" and "Truth" to represent the goals
we all strive for throughout our lives. It is not possible to achieve these
goals, however, (who can achieve complete beauty or truth?) but
nonetheless, we strive for them, and in the end, fail. In my opinion, the
speaker is a woman, and is laid next to a man after death. They converse,
sharing their lives and goals, and share solidarity with one another and
every other being who strives for goals in life. The moss covering up the
lips and the names of the speaker and her companion is very significant. It
represents the memories being forgotten, and the lives of the speaker and
companion not being remembered. They were unable to make themselves
remembered through beauty and truth, and so failed.

Kiley from United States
Comment 23 of 385, added on March 23rd, 2007 at 6:52 AM.

when i read this poem like most of you all i was deeply entranced in
emily's use of language to express her uttermost inner perception on death
and failure. if i was skeptical id say she was insane, but as morbid as
this poem seems i see reason to it. and it was clarified to me the first
time i read it too; death is the altimate removal of personality and i
dentity (i would say another factor is time). no matter what circumstances
under which you die or how renown you were in life or what dictated the
passion of your life be it aspiration for beauty or belief in truth Death
is our altimatum.

asha from Australia
Comment 22 of 385, added on April 10th, 2006 at 11:03 AM.

I am researching this poem for a project and I have interpreted it this
way: This poem is basically about two men who have died each for one reason
(truth, beauty). They were not particularly punished through death for
their truth and beauty, but died unhappy because they were always thriving
for these qualities and never achieved them. They call eachother brethren,
not because they were particularly related, but because they both "failed"
for similar reasons and were forgotten. This is just my interpretation of
this poem.

sofia from United States
Comment 21 of 385, added on March 23rd, 2006 at 4:55 PM.

There is ofcourse many interpretations to this poem and not one can be the
right one, unless one has talked to Emily Dickinson herself then ofcourse
one can enlighten everyone else because her poems are quite hard to
understand. Well I believe the poem itself is two martyrs talking to
eachother. They have both lived and protested in what they believed in
(beauty and truth) and in doing so they were killed therefore they failed
and eventually they were forgotten. Thats what I think.

Angeren from United States
Comment 20 of 385, added on March 21st, 2006 at 7:02 PM.

I wrote my thoughts about this poem in a paper. The first time I read it I
thought it was a woman who died for beauty, in her tomb, she met a guy who
died for truth and they fall in love. But I was like..there has to be
something deeper to this.
I read it a second time and thought it was about how people are always
concerned about how they look so much that ''theycovered'' themselves to
the point where tehyre not themselves anymore..and that theyre conceited
and stuff..and when she says that she died for beauty..i thought it mean
that she was so conceited and thought herself beutiful even when she died,
but in reality, she wasnt.
Th third time I read it i thought it was about someone that didn't think
she was beautifel ('but was scarce') But she died accepting that..and
theyre..both one,
I dont really know how to explain it, I may be completely worng, but
everyone has different opinions and takes in stuff differently.
But now I read someone's comment and it may be about self conflict....

n0Rmie from United States
Comment 19 of 385, added on February 13th, 2006 at 4:46 PM.

The poem is about 2 people beating the hell out of eachothers very souls.
They are both in a war with themselves. One lacks beauty, the other lacks
truth, who will win this war? Find out next time at BullCrapComments.com

Bertha from New Zealand
Comment 18 of 385, added on February 8th, 2006 at 10:57 PM.

it seems that people percieve the speaker as a woman. yes Dickinson was a
woman, but if u pay close attention to the the quote made by the man in the
"ajoining room" he says "we brethrens" which is a plural for brothers. the
actually use of brothers could mean something different than the idea that
the two people were LITERALLY brothers. Then again just a line down
"kinsmen" is used. which can be translated into a MALE RELATIVE. Obvioulsy
both are men and closely related from what I see.

Jess from United States
Comment 17 of 385, added on February 1st, 2006 at 8:00 PM.

it took me a while, this stuff is friggin confusing. i never thought to
include truth and beauty in my analysis though, then again i've never heard
of john keats. it never even ocurred to me that the poem went that deep, i
just assumed she wrote because she was bored of staying in her parents
house and having no life. i agree with whoever said that the speaker is a
guy, but i was also thinking it could be an ugly girl (...i died for
beauty...). the whole tomb thing threw me off for like half an hour, and i
assumed it was a sort of egyptian-like tomb, where it's literally rooms
with coffins in it. but after reading the last line a couple times i
figurred out that 'tomb', in it's context, is grave, like with grass and
tombstones. the moss covering the names gave that one away. i hate how
she capitalizes everything, it makes irelevant things seem important.

aaron from United States
Comment 16 of 385, added on January 7th, 2006 at 11:17 AM.

First and formost im no expert on poetry and or liturature as a hole i
dont think i even spelled it right .Im not emily dickinson nor did i ever
know of her as of a few months ago.I am not going to critisize or even
attempt to justify her words with any other meening nor choose any other
words ,or order there of.And definatly not insult any of the comments or
commenters by regergitating 'what is already said and done so in such a
well mannor.What i do know is I opened a friends Book,and opend some
where around the middle or so .This poem was for some reason stood out and
commanded and then forced my attention to read it.For the past few years
ive been reading and writing alot,I hate sleeping,and lost rhe taste for
T.V. when used for anything other than a back round light.BOTTOM LINE AGAIN
HAHAHA I READ IT TWO GOOD TIMES wispered it to my self with out
really too much thought ,a second after i had wispered "names" i took my
nose out of the book looked streight forward AND GASPED looked down read
the last few lines again dropped my arms to the sides of the chair i was
in took in a deep breath and gasped again. Thats all i know ,about this

lowlife from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 449. I died for Beauty -- but was scarce
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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