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Analysis and comments on If you were coming in the Fall, by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 7 of 27, added on December 7th, 2005 at 10:59 AM.

Van Dieman's Land was meant to be a place far away from somewhere, as in
she would count her fingers until they "dropped" waaaaay down in Van
Dieman's Land, which would take forever

heather from United States
Comment 6 of 27, added on November 30th, 2005 at 7:32 AM.

I had to read a few poems by Emily Dickinson for my eleventh grade honors
English class, and this was, by far, my favorite out of the ones I had
read. The poem was rather easy to read, and I understood the theme almost
automatically. The poem is obviously about time, love, and separation. She
is unsure of how long she will be separated from the man, but is quite
certain about her love for him (even though he was a married man..). She
finds ways to pass the time until she can see him once again.

Erin from United States
Comment 5 of 27, added on June 16th, 2005 at 3:44 PM.

when i read this poem for the first time i was amazed on how she completely
sumed up what i was feeling inside. i could only imagine that she felt the
way i'm feeling right now when she wrote that poem. i don't know if that
guy she wrote about ever came back into her life but i hope he did. emily
was a great poet and its tragic that she never realized her talent when she
was alive.

rosa from United States
Comment 4 of 27, added on May 16th, 2005 at 8:56 AM.

This poem begins so cheerfully, with swiping away the summer, and then
grows more despondent as the time lengthens before she gets to see the
beloved person she waits for. This is simply one of my favorite Emily
poems, and I always think of my father when I read it.

Emerald from United States
Comment 3 of 27, added on November 20th, 2004 at 11:46 PM.

This poem is really great and i know that sounds like a simple way to put
what i think of it, but i think its suits it just fine. This is a really
romantic poem and i wish i was this suave.

Rand from United States
Comment 2 of 27, added on November 3rd, 2004 at 9:13 PM.

The fourth line, second stanza should be
Until their time befalls,

I could be wrong but I am pretty sure that is right.

Karlee from United States
Comment 1 of 27, added on October 16th, 2004 at 11:25 AM.

This line is a metaphor for how she puts her fingers down under her palm as
she counts the centuries. The fingers are going down under...Van Dieman's
Land in now Tanzania...an Australian state. Australia is the place down

NP from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 511. If you were coming in the Fall,
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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