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Analysis and comments on This World is not Conclusion. by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 11 of 301, added on April 15th, 2010 at 5:25 AM.
Think people....


Please stop to think. If you have read any of Emily Dickersons poems, you
would know she is a christian and does in fact believe in God. This poem
truly has nothing to do with whether there is or isn't an afterlife at all.
If you understand the time frame (what's going on in the world around her)
of this poem and actually listen to what she is saying. She is talking
about the industrial revolution... How the craziness of all that is going
on around the people of this time should not blind them from what is
important, GOD! It is a huge jab at the enlightenment period. Its a cry out
for people to see that the desire for such a change will dim the light that
is God. She wants people to not forget. Artist, and those who saw the
beauty in the world and in God, used this period to fight back and
developed the romantic era in writing. So there a little history lesson at
4:00 in the morning for ya.

TSteele from United States
Comment 10 of 301, added on December 7th, 2008 at 10:31 PM.

I think Dickinson might have been saying that righteousness cannot be
obtained in this life. Men desire it, and to stupid things to achieve it;
religious leaders advertise that is can be found in a church; but there is
always some evil in this world that will taint your soul.

Jillian L. from United States
Comment 9 of 301, added on March 13th, 2007 at 11:10 PM.

I think Emily was trying to show her faith through this poem. If taken in
the context of her other poems and what we know about how she was raised-
she wasn't trying to point out follies of faith but explain it. "I never
saw a moor" explains her belief that she held the belief of her "ticket/
chart" to heaven. It might be nice to believe that such a great mind
didn't believe in something that seems so childlike as God but she most
likely meant that she didn't think this world is the end. Faith can
sometimes be unexplainable and there are things even the "wise" can't
explain. Faith has its highs and lows but in the end you can't ignore its

Jillian from United States
Comment 8 of 301, added on March 19th, 2006 at 8:53 PM.

I think that Emily Dickinson was expressing her feelings through faith,
science, and death. In her poem "This World Is not Conclusion" I believe
she was saying that death is not the end of this world. There is another
life after death which I do know there is because God say so. She was also
saying after we die there is another generation that comes after us, so
really this world never ends it keeps on going and going till the second
return of Jesus Christ our Savior who died on the cross for our sins. I
especially love this particular poem, for it gives me the true knowledge
about death. I learned that dying is not a big deal, because I get to live
a new life again with God. I think it is soooo coool!!
I am now writing a paper on this poem, so wish me luck.
God Bless all of ya'll who commented on this poem:-).

Nolitha Brutus from United States
Comment 7 of 301, added on December 20th, 2005 at 5:38 PM.

I do beleive the first time I read this poem that the second line reads as
"A Sequel stands beyond" and yes it does, see you on the other side.

Anne from United States
Comment 6 of 301, 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 301, added on November 12th, 2005 at 6:12 PM.

Sagacity sure is taking her sweet time! though she does profess to have run
all night...

Steven Ford Leigh from Canada
Comment 4 of 301, 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 301, 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 301, 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 !

Steven Laing from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 501. This World is not Conclusion.
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Dec 23 2002

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