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Comment 12 of 422, added on November 22nd, 2005 at 1:12 PM.

I Love this poem, and so many people interpret it incorrectly! Emily
Dickinson very rarely wrote with herself as the narrator, she is not the
"I" in the poem, she is just relating. I think the focus is on the
personifications of Truth and Beauty dying, failing, in their attempts and
then after they have accepted their fate and found fellowship in each
other's company, they plight worsened in that they were forgotten.
The poem is one of her greatest and people get so caught up with the
details they miss the point!

Katie from United States
Comment 11 of 422, added on November 1st, 2005 at 4:15 PM.

I do not think that the speaker is a woman that died for love, love is
beautiful, but the connection is between truth and beauty. They are tied
together and no matter what a person says or does it will eventually fade
and it will be forgotten/covered with moss, that they are not seen as the
same until someone else dies for the same reasons and they are tied once
again for people to recognize.

Emma from United States
Comment 10 of 422, added on October 3rd, 2005 at 12:22 AM.

I don't think there's any reason to assume the speaker is a woman, other
than that Emily Dickinson was a woman, and/or beauty is an attribute
typically tied to the female.

The 8th line says "Brethren." I don't think a woman could be brethren to
anyone--the word is an antiquated plural of "brother."

King Mongo from United States
Comment 9 of 422, added on September 24th, 2005 at 10:41 PM.

I just discovered this poem for a nui project, and i loved it from the
first read! Amazing. To take something as poignant as 'truth is beauty,
beauty truth' and turn it into a poem which is inspiring in its own right-
i love it. Of course, i have to have a bit of a femminst gripe about the
fact that it is the woman who died for beauty... :)

Rachel from Australia
Comment 8 of 422, added on September 19th, 2005 at 1:11 PM.

Eu morri pela beleza, mas não me acomodava na mortalha
Quando alguem que morre pela verdade é colocado na tumba ao lado.
Ele suavimente questionou-me:
Porque havia fracassado? e eu respondi: - pela beleza.
E eu pela verdade, ambas são uma. Somos irmãos, ele disse.
E então como antiquarios encontraram uma noite, conversávamos por entre as
salas.
Até que o lôdo ( lama esverdeada) atingiu os nossos lábios e cobriu os
nossos nomes.

COMENTÁRIO: Beleza e verdade são um porque são subjetivas. Não são eternas
os valores e padrões estão em constante mudança e o que era novo passa a
ser antiquadro em outra realidade, é coberto por outra visão de mundo, por
outra realidade.Beleza e verdade apesar de serem motivo de paixão e luta
morrem e são apagadas.

vania from Brazil
Comment 7 of 422, added on September 10th, 2005 at 11:09 PM.

Dickinson expounds young Keats ( who died at the age of 25) intrigue with
truth and beauty. there is a harmony and dis harmony in this equasion.
which spurred the birth of this poem

Disharmony of Keats

Truth is beauty, beauty is truth
Can one be constant, the other vary
Still be equal to each other
Mystery of beauty, Miracle of truth

Shimon Weinroth

Shimon Weinroth from Israel
Comment 6 of 422, added on July 25th, 2005 at 3:46 PM.

i like this poem, and i chose it for a project in one of my college courses
a while back. i feel the man died for truth and the woman for death;
however, they both 'failed' since their dead. when the moss covered them up
to their lips, which led to them not being able to talk to themselves
anymore. so in the end you live for whatever and then you die, but in the
end you'll be forgotten anyways.

Sho from United States
Comment 5 of 422, added on April 13th, 2005 at 11:07 PM.

John Keats said 'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on
earth, and all ye need to know.'
Beauty and truth are One, and only death can bring them together, into One.
Death helps keep beauty and truth in their peaks, and to their eternity...
Great minds think alike.

Sally from China
Comment 4 of 422, added on January 31st, 2005 at 2:05 PM.

I love this poem,because it gives me a very shock and a
bright picture.I seem see the Moss covered the two persons, covered Truth
and Beauty ,then they become one..

Ken from Taiwan
Comment 3 of 422, added on December 14th, 2004 at 10:54 PM.

to quest for beauty is to live
on life's wake
The other, a path for those
who wait,
and live and die for death's
sake

ENG Student 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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Poem of the Day: Feb 6 2004


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