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