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Comment 1 of 66, added on June 6th, 2007 at 2:01 PM.

At first this poem made sense to me. It reminded me of the Book of
Revelations and how this late coming victory is judgment day. It also
seems like she was trying to put forth a message that only God would make
this world the way he did. He was "economical" in that God lets some
suffer and others thrive. God, in her eyes, simply doesn't offer enough to
humans to satisfy our wants, but even more so, its like she's saying that
God was cruel to humans when he made this world, only giving us
"breadcrumbs" as he gives the other animals their perfect existence.

On the other hand this poem doesn't make sense at all. Is she blaming God
for the world he had created? Or is she reinforcing that God is good in
everything he does? Is she denouncing her faith by saying that God is too
cruel towards man to be good? These were questions I constantly pondered
while reading this poem over and over.

Some parts of the poem are like she tried to write in some random things to
cause a mysterious effect in her poem. They just don't make sense though.
"Too rapt with frost". Why would cold lips be delighted with being frozen?

The only way this poem would make any sort of sense to me is if she is
saying that the "freezing lips" are those of a dead girls and that she is
smiling because she knows in her heart that a day will come when she will
be judged by God and admitted into heaven, and that Emily sees this and
questions Gods motives as to make her wait for almost an eternity. She
also seems to look at the dead individual and question her own faith. In
mentioning the starving birds and how man must be on tiptoe to recieve the
smallest breadcrumbs, I believethat she is hinting that this person who
rests dead there has lived their life in Gods name, and for what? Only to
receive something almost insignificant that is almost an eternity away from
now? She seems to think that this individual is being forced to wait until
some sort of spiritual starvation to wait for almost an eternity to go to
heaven. Perhaps she thinks that God giving mankind the knowledge to know
starvation is cruel.

Overall it was a descent poem, even if parts of it don't make sense to me
at all. What I got from the poem strengthened my relationship with God and
I am thankful for that. That does not mean, however, that I share the same
belief as Emily Dickinson seems to have. If anything, my contrdicting her
belief is what made my faith in God stronger. Maybe others will be
inspired to see this poem and receive the same message as I have. Who
knows for sure, maybe this was Emily Dickinson's true intent from the

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 690. Victory comes late --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
Viewed: 600 times
Poem of the Day: Jan 27 2004

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