Comment 5 of 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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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