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Analysis and comments on To know just how He suffered -- would be dear -- by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 3 of 80, added on October 12th, 2005 at 2:58 PM.

Indeed i have come a cross the interpetation of this poem being about the
death of christ and many have made compelling arguements which
conservatives may find hard to go against. However being nore on the
liberal side, i like to think a poem should be left up to the reader to
decide as we all are different and unique hence we will not always see eye
to eye. I would like to note that in the case of Andreea's interpetation,
it is convincing enough to sway some of my contemplations of this poem.
However both of the interpetations were intellectual and valid as much what
the poem meant to Emily herself.

Comment 2 of 80, added on September 3rd, 2005 at 7:11 PM.

I think that Emily Dickinson is writing about Christ diing on the cross.
And I feel that she feels great simpothy for him an truly wants to know
everything that happened to him that day on the cross. Like when she says,
"What was his furthest mind, of home or of God." That basically says was he
thinking of his heavenly home or what God, his father, was thinking at that
moment. I really thought this brought out the spiritual side in Emily
Dickinson. I did not realize she was so interested.

lin from United States
Comment 1 of 80, added on June 20th, 2005 at 2:27 PM.

“To know just how he suffered would be dear ”is a poem where Dickinson
expresses her belief about the experience of dying and she wonders of what
happens during death. For the “HE” of this poem Dickinson suggests that the
only place to reach after death is paradise. The dying person’s final look
will be on paradise as if at the point of death he sees what is to come.
Dickinson herself wants to know everything about this person’s final breath
and even more. He would have liked him not to be alone in these moments “To
know if any Human eyes were near.” These are somehow the questions related
to the experience of dying. Dickinson also insists on the last thoughts of
the one who dies and whether or not he thinks of God “What was His furthest
mind- Of Home- or God-.“ Questions are raised about the person’s
attachments to the world already known rather than insights into another
world after death.
There is a certain wonder from Dickinson’s part through the end of the
poem, whether or not there is a connection between the love that existed
during life and love that is to be, after life. She finds out that the
communion between the past and future love result to be eternity “Till Love
that was- and Love too best to be-/ Meet- and the Junction be Eternity.”

andreea from Romania

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 622. To know just how He suffered -- would be dear --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jun 29 2002

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