Comment 2 of 2, added on March 19th, 2009 at 1:05 AM.
The poetess has explained the necessity of life so well that no one can
deny it and with this necessity of life our homes are also included in it
which encourages ous to write such kind of poems.
Homes for sale
Karen Walter from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on March 28th, 2008 at 11:35 AM.
The speaker of this poem is caught in an epic struggle between the
elemental forces of "Breath," or air, and the "Waters." It is a life and
death struggle - the waters toss her about, mocking her with "Blue faces"
and striving to deny her breath. She has lost her breath three times
already, yet "Breath" is a benevolent force in this poem which persists and
seeks to save her and revive her "lifeless Fan."
The helplessness of the speaker jumps out at you. She has no control over
either the forces trying to destroy her or the forces trying to save her.
She must passively ride the waves, an observer to the battle over her own
destiny. She is also alone, the "sail," that could represent a boat and
human contact is pushed "Leagues off" by the chaos around her. It seems
she is on the brink of death.
The last stanza brings her respite from the chaos. She is snatched from
the brink of death by the unwearied "Breath" which has been fighting for
her the whole time. As she emerges from her "Chrysalis" to sunlight, the
struggle is recast in terms of birth rather than death. We see that her
helplessness in the struggle was childlike in many ways. She has been
saved, but not by her own efforts, and the speaker offers little insight
into the meaning or context of the struggle. This poem represents the view
that the forces that govern our lives may be beyond our control or
comprehension. Dickinson challenges the mainstream Romantic idea that
imagination and personal introspection can positively transform any
experience. In poem 598, such a transformation is far beyond the ability
of the speaker.
Peter from United States