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Analysis and comments on I started Early -- Took my Dog -- by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 43 of 423, added on February 21st, 2008 at 11:11 AM.

‘Went past my simple Shoe – And past my Apron – and my Belt and past my
Bodice - too-‘This third stanza describes the actions of the lover as being
extremely erotic these sexual references makes it appear as though the
lover devours her body and the woman is being stripped it can be seen as a
very aggressive manner. The capitalisation of the items being stripped
makes the act seem very rough as though the woman is being treated as a
sexual object. On the other hand this sexual reference can be seen as a
very passionate moment for the woman as it can be viewed as arousing sexual
feelings and desire.

Salty from United Kingdom
Comment 42 of 423, added on May 23rd, 2007 at 11:06 AM.

this is a depressed woman!

kmn from United States
Comment 41 of 423, added on November 10th, 2006 at 4:50 AM.

Colombia's vice president is "baffled" by Kate Moss's success following
cocaine allegations...

Jaden Malone
Comment 40 of 423, added on April 13th, 2006 at 10:12 AM.

you all have a good idea about what the poems and i love to read ur ideas.


Alison from United States
Comment 39 of 423, added on January 19th, 2006 at 9:24 AM.

This is inspiering to me it give me a hope in sid that not one yet havs a
love for poetry that had not been yet found!!

*Cassie*-*Wilder* from United States
Comment 38 of 423, added on November 28th, 2005 at 11:10 AM.

i think this poem is tring to tell us that she is swiming and the water is
a around her. when she feels like a mouse it is because the ocean is so big
compared to her. when the water recedes it is becuase she is getting out of
the water

elizabeth from United States
Comment 37 of 423, added on November 13th, 2005 at 10:34 PM.

I think the poem could relate to God since He is always capitalized & his
faith is taking over creating her a new whole new person, or that the sea
could symbolize a man. She used to be a stiff character but he seems to
blow her away! & she falls in S2 with him, & becomes a whole new person, I
have a lot more to say but my mom is making me get off.

Jamie Katinok, 16 from United States
Comment 36 of 423, added on October 27th, 2005 at 2:43 PM.

This poem is about sex. It's extremely erotic, and despite E.D.'s
depression, she wrote a lot of sexual poems. The sea is a metaphor for a
man, (or a woman,) and the manner in which the "sea" devours her body--the
first man that ever moved her--is sensual. You can even find the climax in
the poem.

Trieste from United States
Comment 35 of 423, added on October 24th, 2005 at 12:55 AM.

this poem is sad, bcoz she is gona commit suicide. by the way sum of your
comments are funny!!

ashleigh from Australia
Comment 34 of 423, added on October 14th, 2005 at 7:36 AM.

In this poem Emily Dickinson is setting out to commit suicide.

The mermaids in the basement were some people living in the damp basement
watching her go.

The frigates were big important people living on the top floor. They too
watched her go in an unfriendly (hempen hands) disdainful way, making her
feel like a little mouse.

She uses the analogies "mermaids" and "frigates" because the sea is on her

No man stopped her, so she wades into the sea.

God was in the power of the sea, and it looked as though He was going to
devour her, but He decides to save her instead. He follows her, she felt
Him in the waves lapping round her ankles that reminded her of pearls, and
God's "silver heel"

She was washed back up on the shore "solid town" then God gave her a mighty
look and departed in the form of the sea.

This poem is about redemption, she sets out to commit suicide but is saved
to live another day. Emily Dickinson was depressed, she had Bright's
disease, she clearly fantasized about suicide all alone in her room dressed
in white, and that is what this poem is about.


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Information about I started Early -- Took my Dog --

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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Poem of the Day: Aug 15 2007

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