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Analysis and comments on They say that "Time assuages" -- by Emily Dickinson

Comment 4 of 4, added on March 17th, 2009 at 10:32 AM.

I wonder what she meant by "sinews." Surely she was acquainted with a
common infirmity of aging -- arthritis.


L. V. Lawrence from United States
Comment 3 of 4, added on February 18th, 2009 at 5:12 PM.

I've never agreed that the poem stands for the proposition that we become
stronger over time and thus more able to handle sorrow.

I think the expression "time assuages" is meant to refer to the adage "time
heals all wounds" and what she's saying is that's simply not true. That
true sorrows become tougher with age, as does sinew.

I think of how our joints, when injured, become stiffer. the hurt isn't as
strong as when we first are injured, but the stiffness, the toughness, is a
constant reminder. I think the poem means that we may survive our
troubles, but we are always affected by them, and our strong sorrows only
become more so as we age, because we become more, not less keenly aware of
the true cost of our suffering over time, although the symptoms may not
appear as acute.




Diane from United States
Comment 2 of 4, added on April 16th, 2007 at 11:34 AM.

Emily Dickenson understands the long term reality of a deep loss --- such
as a loved one. One doesn't "get over it". Rather one gets stronger and can
carry it. Today I am sharing this with a friend who just lost two brothers
to cancer.

Norm from United States
Comment 1 of 4, added on April 16th, 2007 at 11:34 AM.

Emily Dickenson understands the long term reality of a deep loss --- such
as a loved one. One doesn't "get over it". Rather one gets stronger and can
carry it. Today I am shareing this with a friend who just lost two brothers
to cancer.

Norm from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 686. They say that "Time assuages" --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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