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Comment 14 of 44, added on October 29th, 2009 at 6:25 PM.
She's talking about how hard it is to describe this "it" which we only find
out to be despair at the end. She says everything that it isn't and then
some things that it is, but the only good explanation is the word itself,
Leah from United States
Comment 13 of 44, added on April 13th, 2007 at 12:40 PM.
This poem talks about how the speaker felt when she was having an illness
and can't describe it you jackasses!!!
Julio from United States
Comment 12 of 44, added on February 5th, 2007 at 7:57 AM.
I think this poem is about how you feel like you have died when someone
close to you dies. Your life is no longer complete "shaven
away"...everything stops. you watch your life go by but YOU aren't really
in it or experiencing it
Laura from United States
Comment 11 of 44, added on March 17th, 2006 at 7:13 PM.
Chancel is actually the part of the church that contains the choir and
Stephanie from United States
Comment 10 of 44, added on February 23rd, 2006 at 10:09 PM.
You are all wrong. This poem was written in 1862. This is the same year
that Reverend Wadsworth moved away with his wife to L.A. Her greatest works
of poetry were written during this year, and most were written about him.
(Wadsworth was the man she fell in love with). It is describing the kind of
death that she experienced when he left. She knows she's not dead because
she cand "stand" and the dead "lie down", she is not cold with "frost"
because in chancel (a type of shawl)she feels warmth. She describes later
that a part of her life or a part of her has been "shaven" away. This again
refering to Wadsworth. She is "fitted to a frame" or confined and alone.
Then goes on to say that he is the "key" to her life or "breath". Compares
the way she feels to a cold, still, dark night. She feels this way even
though "the bells put out their tongues, for noon". In the last stanza it
is refering to his trip to L.A. by ocean. "Chaotic" because she cannot stop
him ("stopless"). cool- water. without change- middle of ocean... spar,
ocean water... no report of land, cannot see him, does not know where he
is, etc. And this in her justifies "despair". Even though she feels as if
she could die, or is experiencing all of these death like feelings-- she is
still living, life will continue, tomorrow will come.
Brittney from United States
Comment 9 of 44, added on February 15th, 2006 at 9:39 PM.
excuss me henry and matt this poem does not agravate by emily being a
lesbian nack in the 19th centrury i don't think they even had that word and
i do not thing it means food either, i think this poem reprecents how
people she has been really close to her have died and she is expressing how
she feels about it and what her expresiom about heaven and what she thinks
christa from United States
Comment 8 of 44, added on January 10th, 2006 at 8:06 PM.
This poem is her description of the certainty of death. I think it is
beautiful because she presents her fear instead of supressing it like that
of human nature. She not only describes her fear os despair and death but
she kind of picks it apart. In the sense that she is already dead because
it is going to happen anyways intrigues me, like it is going to happen so I
am going to treat it like it already has.
Comment 7 of 44, added on November 25th, 2005 at 2:44 PM.
i'm sure this is an amazing poem, but IT MAKES NO SENSE!!!!!!!!!!!
courtney from United States
Comment 6 of 44, added on June 3rd, 2005 at 12:21 AM.
NOT "Without a change, or Spar --"
but instead, "Without a chance, or Spar --"
"Change" doesn't make sense
Todd Victor Leone from United States
Comment 5 of 44, added on June 3rd, 2005 at 12:17 AM.
No one has ever captured in words the experience of despair as well
Dickinson did in this poem -- it's simply brilliant.
Todd Victor Leone
from United States
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