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Analysis and comments on Pain -- has an Element of Blank -- by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 9 of 19, added on November 11th, 2009 at 7:12 PM.

i think this poem means everything she felt was pain... but the element of
blank could mean anything. but personally i think it means that as everyone
said she can't remember happiness only pain.

Comment 8 of 19, added on April 18th, 2007 at 8:25 PM.

It has so much mystery in it. ( Element of Blank ) If only we knew what was
goin through her mind the moment she wrote this. I read this poem is
English class and I absolutely fell in love with it. You can only see how
lonely Emily was. I love the way she said It has no Future--but itself--.
She totally speaks the truth in her own way. I write poetry my self and I
have to say Emily Dickinson is my role modle!

*~Candace~* from United States
Comment 7 of 19, added on April 25th, 2006 at 6:58 PM.

this poem is really good.

stephen from United States
Comment 6 of 19, added on April 25th, 2006 at 12:16 AM.

This poem radiates extreme sentiments of isolation, despair, as well as
loneliness with the tone suggesting an absence of hope and allusions to the
perpetuity of pain. However, the greatest aspect of speculation remains in
regards to the lack of a proper title implicating her personal failure of

Stephen V. from United States
Comment 5 of 19, added on January 17th, 2006 at 10:01 AM.

I think when she says"When it began, or if it were
A day when it was not"
Shes saying she has only experienced pain and that she could never remember
if she ever felt happiness

Paige from United States
Comment 4 of 19, added on November 19th, 2005 at 9:06 AM.

I think what she means by element of blank is that all she knows is the
pain and thats all there is

ellicul from United States
Comment 3 of 19, added on May 19th, 2005 at 11:06 PM.

Coming from being in depression for many years, I can tell you simply that
this poems means that when you've been in pain for so long, you can't
remember a time when you weren't in pain ("an element of blank"), and you
don't see yourself ever feeling anything but pain.

Natalie from United States
Comment 2 of 19, added on March 27th, 2005 at 12:30 PM.

Why does she capitalize some words? Does this have to do with her longing
to get away from her "forced" religion? Her father wanted her to believe
all of is beliefs, was she tryig to show her frusteration with him in her

Jessica from United States
Comment 1 of 19, added on March 12th, 2005 at 9:39 PM.

I am still puzzled about what she meant by 'element of blank,' but this
poem reflects Emily Dickinson's isolation and loneliness. It seems like
she had a great pain in her life. I think what she is trying to say is
that there is pain everywhere and everytime. In my opinion, she writes
about pain as if she had experienced it a lot and knows thoroughly about

Gloria P. from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 650. Pain -- has an Element of Blank --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 19 2015

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