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

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Comment 7 of 27, added on February 11th, 2012 at 6:27 PM.

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Comment 6 of 27, 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
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??

Elodie from France
Comment 5 of 27, added on March 14th, 2010 at 1:32 PM.

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

John from United States
Comment 4 of 27, 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 27, 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
Comment 2 of 27, added on May 10th, 2005 at 8:52 AM.

Alyssa, I think you did a great job interpreting the poem. Don't let anyone
intimidate you because of your youth. I love this poem also because to me
it speaks of what the Bible says, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."
The principle "If you think you can, you can; if you think you can't,
you're right" comes through in this poem. Believe in the gifts you've been
given...take your Power in your hand...if you believe you can, you will be

Liz from United States
Comment 1 of 27, added on March 13th, 2005 at 3:49 PM.

This is one of my favorite Emily Dickenson poems. To me this poem is about
a problem she faces. She is refering to a biblical story about David and
Goliath. Everyone knows the story. David was small and weak, Goliath was
huge and strong. David had some stones and he threw one at Goliath and hit
him in the head and Goliath died. The poem is about facing a problem
shooting for it (aimed my pebble) then failing (was all the one that fell)
Then she examines the problem as it being too big (Was it Goliath was too
large,) or the problem being that she was too small like David(or only I
too small?)
I think this is a great poem....I hope I interpreted it right (I am only in
9th grade => )

Alyssa from United States

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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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