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Comment 6 of 96, added on December 11th, 2005 at 12:10 PM.
I think this is a great poem. Does an afterlife exist? Emily is having a
poke that religion and science don't have the answers nor is religion a
'narcotic for the soul'. I don't believe in an afterlife, but I do enjoy
her description of various people grappling with understanding the
Graham from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 96, added on November 12th, 2005 at 6:12 PM.
Sagacity sure is taking her sweet time! though she does profess to have run
Steven Ford Leigh
Comment 4 of 96, added on March 28th, 2005 at 7:22 PM.
Dickinson was talking about humans butchering pure and simplistic faith and
trying to validate God's existance. She trys to condemn it but she knows
its human nature to do so (ie the tooth cannoth be stilled) Im writing a
paper about it... She was a brilliant lady
Phoebe from United States
Comment 3 of 96, added on February 28th, 2005 at 12:53 AM.
I don't think this poem is about the ressurection at all. I believe that
Dickinson is saying that there is no way of truly knowing anything. She
shoots down every tool that humans use to figure out life - philosophy,
scholars and more than anyone else, religious faith. When she says that
faith slips, she is saying that it falters and when it gets back up it
"plucks at a twig of evidence" - just a twig. A small piece of information
- whatever it needs to prove its point. "asks a Vane the way" - A vane is
a scientific tool - religion is asking science which direction to go. the
poem was written during the rise of Darwinism and the Church was faltering
with how to respond - people will faltering in faith. Overall though,
Dickinson is stating that there is no way of being certain about anything.
No matter what you believe or how strong you believe in it there will
always be that one thing in the back of you mind that you grapple with -
the unknown and unexplainable.
Comment 2 of 96, added on February 1st, 2005 at 11:41 PM.
What a poet . Contempt of generations evidenced by the crucifixion . This
woman used her mind and expressed what arose eloquently . Unequaled !
from United States
Comment 1 of 96, added on November 4th, 2004 at 5:08 PM.
I like this poem. It speaks to me of the resurrection. Seems like a
reasonably orthodox if highly original exposition of life beyond death.
Very positive! Very uplifting!
from United Kingdom
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