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Comment 40 of 420, 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 420, 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 420, 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 420, 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 420, 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 420, 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 420, 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.

Comment 33 of 420, added on April 14th, 2005 at 8:00 PM.

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

joycelyne from United States
Comment 32 of 420, 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 420, 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

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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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