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Analysis and comments on My Life had stood -- a Loaded Gun -- by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 18 of 113, added on September 30th, 2010 at 12:34 PM.
Interesting

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Comment 17 of 113, added on September 15th, 2010 at 3:55 AM.

I read this as being about faith - that Dickinson had the inner strength
and potential (the gift of words and her writing) and the companion she
speaks who 'carried her away' was not repressing her or stifling her but
God (note the capitalisation in all references to Him and He) finally
'starting' her life.

Camilla from Australia
Comment 16 of 113, added on December 8th, 2009 at 3:30 PM.
Yeah right

Papa Smurf does not speak for all Canadians... maybe only the stupid ones.
I love Dickinson.

Lifelive from Canada
Comment 15 of 113, added on January 7th, 2009 at 8:25 AM.

dude this poem sucks so much i mean come on it really isnt worth talking
about it. us people from canada dont think this should be around for i dont
like the poem like everyone else in canada

papa smurf from Canada
Comment 14 of 113, added on April 6th, 2008 at 6:09 PM.

This is about life long rage. She is the gun and she has had to be
reclusive and live unnoticed, in corners of the rooms of her life. Had she
been a man she may have had the opportunity to express herself in public,
but in her society that was not possible.



She protects her patriarchal family and society by not expressing herself,
but at the greatest cost to her - she has no agency, and this is the cause
of her rage. In public she is the dutiful daughter, and even with the
false smile - false because it is Vesuvian (after Mt. Vesuvius, which is a
volcano which erupts, and when it does - did - it killed everyone - how
much rage is that!)

Even at night she has to protect the paternal image. To have shared that
soft pillow made of goose down would smother her, so she stays guarded and
doesn't sleep on what looks so soft but is so dangerous.

She is so committed to keeping her stoical place in the paternal society
that she will defend it - she is foe to anyone who is foe to "him." The
emphatic thumb, that one can suck for comfort as a child can also have a
"Freudian" interpretation, of something that is swollen, and the Vesuvian
spew can be thought of that way as well. This doesn't mean that she had
sexual relations with her father - rather that she is so enraged that she
is stuck in the secondary role, only as guardian or protector of those who
keep her from the freedom of being her own person - and she has to do this
seemingly willingly.

And then in the last paragraph, she states that even though she could
outlive her father, her family, men in general, she had better die first
because the world is not a big enough place for both (all) of them and she
would like to kill except that she has been taught that she must not. And
she cannot even kill herself because that is also forbidden.

She is in a box from where there is no escape. This is not a love poem.
This is a poem that shows anger in its rawest form. This is pure rage.

Susan from United States

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Information about My Life had stood -- a Loaded Gun --

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 754. My Life had stood -- a Loaded Gun --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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