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Analysis and comments on I took my Power in my Hand -- by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 6 of 32, added on August 27th, 2010 at 11:32 AM.

Sorry John but I can't quite catch what you mean. Your comment is such an
oxymoron...
First, you say that you can't see the interest in commenting on poems and
analyzing them. Well, it's the basic principle of literary criticism, which
anyone can dislike. I perfectly understand that you don't like it. But then
you can assume that you're being intolerant with people who love it. We
know we can't find out what the poet really meant when he/she wrote a poem,
but what's interesting for people who read literature is to confront our
ideas with others.
Anyway. You don't seem to be liking literature, so my question is this :
why are you posting comments on a poetry site??

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Comment 5 of 32, added on March 14th, 2010 at 1:32 PM.
Poetry

Honest this takes no skill at all to write.
and you can interpert this anyway you want. Who are we or the english
teachers to say what this lady truely meant when she wrote this stuff. For
all we know this can mean something completely different. Im tired of
having asignments to analize poems that can be interperted 100 different
ways.

John from United States
Comment 4 of 32, added on January 24th, 2008 at 9:34 PM.

In school, we had analyzed this poem. My friend and I had came up with
pretty much the same idea as you, Jenni.

Åsa from Sweden
Comment 3 of 32, added on January 18th, 2006 at 7:21 PM.

That was well interpreted, however I believe that this poem is about
Emily's life and outlook on the world. Emily was highly nonconformist and
believed in whatever she perceived for herself (this is evident in Some
Keep the Sabbath). In this poem it seems like Emily is unsure of why she
failed to be accepted. Goliath symbolizes the world and common beliefs of
society (since Goliath is a well-known religious charater) and sees it as a
challenge. As Emily talks about the idealistic story she inserts herself as
the unlikely challenger and a different outcome. Defeat. Emily dispays the
realistic version of a modern (in her day and age) David and Goliath.

Jenni from United States

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Information about I took my Power in my Hand --

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 540. I took my Power in my Hand --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jun 25 2013


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