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Comment 33 of 393, added on April 14th, 2005 at 8:00 PM.

i liked it and its was good!!!!!!!

joycelyne from United States
Comment 32 of 393, added on March 16th, 2005 at 9:48 AM.

i didn't read the poem so i'm not sure what to say about it except i dont
like poems cause they suck!

kit kat from United Kingdom
Comment 31 of 393, added on March 7th, 2005 at 11:50 PM.

To understand this poem, you must read every word out loud, and word by
word, like piece by piece, will you understand it. As poems use precise
words, it is very helpful if you think about why Emily used some of the

My opinion of this poem is that it is very emotional, and the point she
talks about it is very creative...

Nancy from United States
Comment 30 of 393, added on March 2nd, 2005 at 11:16 AM.

this poem clearly shows the difference between morbidosity and ones ability
to feel. If one could summarize this poem in one word it would be, "holy
wowzers." i can relate... this is how i roll. one time i took these wierd
pills and had an experience similar to this morbid poem i read here.
straight out of compton

nat and ken
Comment 29 of 393, added on February 25th, 2005 at 8:55 AM.

WOW i like your poem its one of a kind.its realy funny
she should be very proud

nikki ainsworth from United States
Comment 28 of 393, added on February 20th, 2005 at 3:23 PM.

This is a good poem by Emily Dickinson...
she shows great mood and feeling ,

Emily from United States
Comment 27 of 393, added on December 1st, 2004 at 1:20 PM.

I think this poem was a great poem lots of love in it

ariel long from United States
Comment 26 of 393, added on November 18th, 2004 at 3:44 PM.

I feel this poem is about depression. As we all know Dickinson suffered
from depression and perhaps agoraphonia. The journey she takes in the poem
is not a one-day journey but a long searching and life changing one. She
starts out early (young) with her dog (a tie to earthly things) sees
Mermaids in the basement (depression), Grigates in the upper floor (others
who are not experiencing depression) and she feels like a mouse stuck in
the sand (little, insignificant, unable to move forward). No man (nothing)
could change her mood until the Tide came up and enveloped her (swallowed
her up - deeper and deeper into depression) as dew on a dandelions sleeve
(again insignificant, small, unable to fight) and she started to go with
the flow (death) but she didn't. The HE must be God since it is
capitalized. Thus God was the one that called her to a final rest-death.
She turned from "death" and walked away but the thought of death was still
on her mind (close behind on her heels). The shoes overflowing with pearls
could be like the parable of the oyster that had a grain of sand in his
shell that gave him much discomfort but over time turned into a pearl thus
her depression and whatever was the root of it caused her pain and
discomfort but she held on and finally the depression got better (on Solid
Town). God saw she was okay and bowed to her and left her alone.

sherry from United States
Comment 25 of 393, added on November 15th, 2004 at 1:30 PM.

This poem is great, but it is about Emily Dickinson having an orgasim. We
have spoken about this poem in my literature class and my professor as well
as the entire class agreed upon that what is happening to Dickinson in this
poem is that she is having an organism. But she does not know how to
explain it.

Evy from United States
Comment 24 of 393, added on October 27th, 2004 at 5:33 PM.

OK. I'm seeing this poem in a completely different way, and am in not way
saying that anyone is right nor wrong. When I read this poem I think that
Emily is talking about death, which quite a few of her poems are based
around. Also during her life she had many people she knew die around her
and around the age of 23 she committed herself to her room and practically
never came out. Authors writings tend to reflect they're lives aswell, so
I think that Emily's poem is talking about death. At the beginning of the
poem she seems to start her life, rather happily, like a normal person.
She sees some people, not necessarily like the people we see today, but
mermaids. Then she sees the frigate, which could be heaven, and its trying
to help her because in the whole scheme of things she is just a tinny
little thing, practically the size of an atom, if compared to the universe,
in this poem though she is called a mouse, and she is just another thing on
the earth. And the hands of the frigate are trying to force her to come
up to Heaven, hemp is course and rough, which show that the hands are
trying to force her to do something, but she wouldn't go, at least until
the tide came, posibbly an angel, but porbably not God himself. This
angel, or the tide, slowly started engulfing her, or rather taking her to
heaven, in essence, dying. Then it says, "And made as He would eat me up
--," 'he' is capitalized, which is a reference to God. The dew is relating
back to the ocean, which is so vast and huge, and she is just another small
part of it. Then she started, as in she started to live again almost as if
she had a near death experience. Once again 'he' is capitalized and He is
trying to get her to come with him, to keep going, but she keeps going away
and as she gets further away from him he looses his grasp on her, but is
refering to the silvery reflection you see in the water as the thing that
is at her heel. Because of her 'moment', near death experience, she has
taken something away with her that is very dear, just as a pearl is very
important to someone who goes into the ocean and finds one, but they
weren't specifically looking to find a pearl. Finally when she came back
to reality, or back to town, she'd completely come back to life, and He,
God, didn't know anybody because he is from Heaven, and doesn't know anyone
one from Earth. Then by bowing, which can mean: To bend (the head, knee,
or body) to express greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment,
submission, or veneration. He let her go back to the world and withdrew is
attempt to take her.

Max McCann from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 520. I started Early -- Took my Dog --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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