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Comment 7 of 29, added on February 11th, 2012 at 6:26 PM.

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Comment 6 of 29, added on November 23rd, 2011 at 10:10 AM.

And I thought I was the sensible one. Thanks for setnitg me straight.

Matei from Switzerland
Comment 5 of 29, added on May 4th, 2011 at 9:33 AM.

Please, people. She is talking about spiritual hunger. The ample bread, the
curious wine are Christ metaphors. Once she was in the natural world,
longing for spiritual fulfillment. When she attains it, everything is
different for her, and it is obviously overwhelming. And her perspective

Kerry from United States
Comment 4 of 29, added on January 23rd, 2006 at 8:14 PM.

I think that it isnt so much that she is unsatisfied when she finally gets
whatever it is that shes desiring, it think its more that she had too much
of it at one time and she couldnt handle it because she wasnt used to it.
words like "ample" bread, and "the Plenty hurt me" puts emphasis on the
fact that there was too much of it.

Justine from United States
Comment 3 of 29, added on August 23rd, 2005 at 5:04 PM.

I interpreted this poem metaphorically in a romantic sense. It seems that
Dickinson in a way is talking about infatuation. A person may long for
another person very much but once that person actually be with the person
he or she longs for, the magic disappears. “I did not know the ample Bread
– ‘Twas so unlike the Crumb.” The real thing is very different and
unexpected. Once obtaining what one wants, the hunger drains away (“the
entering takes away). The wanting gives rise to desire but the having does

Ross from United States
Comment 2 of 29, added on March 31st, 2005 at 1:17 PM.

This poem is most definitely about wanting something more out of life, and
when finally recieving it, having not been fulfilled by it but sickened. I
believe it goes back to her being secluded from society, she may have tried
to be a part of it once and found it was not to her liking.

Amy from United States
Comment 1 of 29, added on March 1st, 2005 at 8:10 PM.

The theme of this poem is obviously the desire of possessing what one can't
have and not truely appreciating something once you have it. This message
is esily seen through the use of imagery, symbolism, and situational irony.
With these literary devices Dickinson has developed a very meaningful poem.

Gibson from United States

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Information about I had been hungry, all the Years --

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 579. I had been hungry, all the Years --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jul 21 2003

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