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

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Comment 12 of 22, added on December 21st, 2011 at 1:50 PM.
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gaulkjamee from United States
Comment 11 of 22, 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 22, 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
Comment 9 of 22, 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 22, 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 22, added on April 25th, 2006 at 6:58 PM.

this poem is really good.

stephen from United States
Comment 6 of 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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

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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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