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Comment 13 of 43, added on January 30th, 2008 at 2:08 AM.
I thought the entire poem was actually reffering to her relationship with
Jesus or her religion. "I cannnot live with you...And life is over there
behind the shelf" speaks of Jesus, and how the shelf, that normally holds
man's knowledge is what separates her and him. Then the sexton in the
second stanza is talking about a church officer, saying that he has the
control over the outcome of her life.
Comment 12 of 43, added on May 9th, 2007 at 8:15 PM.
Has anyone read the "Scarlet Letter"? Doesn't this poem just scream of
Hester Prynne and her relationship with the minister Mr. Dimmesdale? I'm
doing a paper on Dickinson as well, and relating some of her themes to
other themes in American Literature, and I couldn't help but notice how
this poem could almost have been written to fit Hester's situation.
Kim Loucks from United States
Comment 11 of 43, added on April 23rd, 2007 at 8:46 PM.
Like many of Dickinson's poems this one does not have a title. Many of her
works were found after her death and she never really got published during
her time. It was a habit for her to not name her poems though. This one has
a number and it is 640.
Comment 10 of 43, added on March 29th, 2007 at 12:55 PM.
i think she should have named it differnetly.. i think it needs a title
that fits it more jus not the first line that it has in the poem
Alishia from United States
Comment 9 of 43, added on April 4th, 2006 at 3:08 PM.
I thought the post that said the lines "Nor could I rise w/you.." meant
that Dickinson's love for the man eclipsed everything was interesting. I
took the lines to mean that she thought that the man she loved would be
saved but she wouldn't, since he was a priest and Dickinson had the feeling
all of her live that she wouldn't be a saved person despite the fact that
she was religious. I also liked the interpretation of the housewife lines.
I didn't stop to think about that, Thanks!
sarah from United States
Comment 8 of 43, added on November 14th, 2005 at 12:16 PM.
Does anyone know the actual title of this poem? Is it In Vain?
Amanda from Canada
Comment 7 of 43, added on October 19th, 2005 at 9:43 PM.
This poem is great! I think Emily is describing the love she knows can
never develope between her and Rev. Wadsworth. My favorite part is the way
she expresses her feelings about his wife. "...a newer sevres pleases, old
ones crack" she compares herself to his wife as the new one and his wife as
the old one that will crack! i love it!
Amber from United States
Comment 6 of 43, added on September 23rd, 2005 at 12:31 AM.
Thank ya'll so much. It's 2:30 in the morning and I have this paper due in
about 5 hours and I was having the hardest time figuring it out. Ya'lls
comments have helped me tremendously.
from United States
Comment 5 of 43, added on August 24th, 2005 at 2:43 AM.
very touching poem in which lovers were separated by love
fei from Australia
Comment 4 of 43, added on June 9th, 2005 at 9:49 AM.
I think this poem is an amazing example of Emily Dickinson. This poem is
about hows she is seperated from her lover becuase of one of them being a
preist or in this poem she called him a "sexton". Also, she is afraid to
loose that person if she dies. In the seconds stanza i figured out that the
cup she was refering to was really a metaphor for her heart and how fragile
it was and such.
from United States
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