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Emily Dickinson - Pain -- has an Element of Blank --

Pain -- has an Element of Blank --
It cannot recollect
When it begun -- or if there were
A time when it was not --

It has no Future -- but itself --
Its Infinite contain
Its Past -- enlightened to perceive
New Periods -- of Pain.

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Pain -- has an Element of Blank -- - Comments and Information

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 650. Pain -- has an Element of Blank --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955

Comment 12 of 12, added on December 21st, 2011 at 1:50 PM.
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gaulkjamee from United States
Comment 11 of 12, added on October 8th, 2010 at 2:47 PM.
Emily Dickinson Pain has an element of Blank

In her book, The Pain Chronicles, author Melanie Thernstrom says that Miss Dickinson meant that pain is unlike anything; it is almost impossible to describe metaphorically. One cannot say Pain is like a this or a that because it is unlike any other thing experienced.


Carol from United States
Comment 10 of 12, added on February 24th, 2010 at 10:49 PM.

This poem means that in the moment of pain, everything else in your mind goes away. You are completely in the moment, focusing on the pain. You know nothing but pain in that agonizing moment; not when it began, not if it will continue, nothing. The pains you have felt in the past tell you what is painful in the future, so you can avoid it. I'm surprised that no one who posted got what "Element of Blank" meant, because it popped out at me the first time I read it...

Liron from United States

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