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Comment 32 of 392, added on May 13th, 2010 at 4:52 PM.
who knows!

Who the hell said she was writing about herself.

Comment 31 of 392, added on May 13th, 2010 at 4:52 PM.
who knows!

Who the hell said she was writing about herself.

Comment 30 of 392, added on November 30th, 2009 at 3:55 AM.
Read you babbling idiots

It angers me how F-ING IGNORANT some of these interpretations are.

The one that died for Beauty is NOT a woman,
Consider the diction "Brethren" and "Kinsmen" that Dickinson used to
describe the relationship between the two - they are two male companions.
Not that gender of these subjects would matter much,
but it is highly annoying as people automatically assume that a woman must
be the one that died for beauty because apparently women aspire to become
And thinking that Emily Dickinson died aspiring to be beautiful is simply
absurd and just stupid and just f-ing stupid and dishonoring of Emily
Dickinson's transcendental genius.
Emily Dickinson did not bother herself with those worldly, futile, trifling
matters; she was an enormously talented literary genius - She didn't wallow
in trivialities such as outward appearance as some of you seem to be
presuming her to be.

Of course the narrator that died for beauty is not an ugly girl that wanted
to be beautiful. DUMBF*CKS.

Wow from Canada
Comment 29 of 392, added on November 4th, 2009 at 6:35 PM.

I think this poem reveals Dickinsonís two contradicting personalities. She
explains to us how she feels about herself. She sets the scene in a
cemetery because she probably never reveals these feelings to others so she
buries them in herself. Dickinson explains to us that she cared about her
appearance (she speaks about beauty), but also wanted people to see the
real how she really is (she speaks about truth).

Marcos Gomez from United States
Comment 28 of 392, added on February 27th, 2008 at 6:02 PM.

In the second line, the word, "tomb" rhymes with "womb" and I believe this
is done purposely.

Dickinson wanted to bring together these two words to express that fact
that she greatly enjoyed being penetrated rectally.

This may very possibly be true.

Mallory Smith from Andorra
Comment 27 of 392, added on February 21st, 2008 at 12:08 PM.

if you like this poem and the imagery you will also enjoy "A Boy and a
Girl" by Octavio Paz! Enjoy

Jim from United States
Comment 26 of 392, added on November 14th, 2007 at 11:05 AM.

I believe that when she refers to "bretheren" and "kinsmen" she is
referring to truth and beauty, and not to the characters themselves
(although, I would argue that they embody beauty and truth respectively).
By saying "We bretheren are" she is speaking of the purposes of mardyrdom,
and that truth and beauty are synonymous. However, the ultimate message in
this poem is that mardyrdom is useless, and fails the mardyr, because
eventually the message is lost as the moss "covered up- our names-"

Comment 25 of 392, 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 392, 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 392, 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

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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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Poem of the Day: Feb 6 2004

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