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Emily Dickinson - I tried to think a lonelier Thing

I tried to think a lonelier Thing
Than any I had seen --
Some Polar Expiation -- An Omen in the Bone
Of Death's tremendous nearness --

I probed Retrieverless things
My Duplicate -- to borrow --
A Haggard Comfort springs

From the belief that Somewhere --
Within the Clutch of Thought --
There dwells one other Creature
Of Heavenly Love -- forgot --

I plucked at our Partition
As One should pry the Walls --
Between Himself -- and Horror's Twin --
Within Opposing Cells --

I almost strove to clasp his Hand,
Such Luxury -- it grew --
That as Myself -- could pity Him --
Perhaps he -- pitied me --

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 532. I tried to think a lonelier Thing
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955

Comment 1 of 1, added on November 16th, 2008 at 3:42 PM.

In this poem, Dickinson's tone is pessimistic. This poem anticipates the coming of death both on a physical sense and a psychological one. On closely witnessing the vocabulary used in the first stanza, one can not fail to identify the theme of death as central to the poem. 'lonelier', 'Omen', 'Bone', 'Death'all suggest the pessimistic anticipation of death.
The speaker can see the death of her unconscious wishes and unfulfilled desires through the image of the 'other creature' who is 'forgot' from 'heavenly love'. There is a 'partition' between the 'creature' the speaker aspires to be: the free, empowered woman, and the creature she actually is that pities this forgotten creature 'herself, the other alternate self', and is pitied by him.

Rosie from United Kingdom

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