Poet: Emily Dickinson
The Soul should always stand ajar
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
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May 14 2010
Comment 3 of 3, added on July 18th, 2014 at 12:54 PM.
W75kHH Very informative blog post. Will read on...
Comment 2 of 3, added on August 16th, 2012 at 12:35 PM.
The sould should always stand ajar
I read this a little differently from tammy.I thought "the soul" to be an unbeliever,who should, however, keep his/her soul open--in case at time of death---she/he can walk through the door into heaven. Marta Regardless of intent of author, I believe it is helpful to keep our soul ajar for new ideas, music, people, concepts. Marta
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Comment 1 of 3, added on March 30th, 2008 at 2:18 PM.
I think that this poem deserves more attention than if often receives. It really shows Dickinson's use of sarcasm, in that she seems to be commenting on the fact that people continuously strive to please a supreme being that we aren't even sure exists. It also embodies a common theme, which is death. This poem really struck me while reading Dickinson's work; it is different, yet remains within the lines of her non-mainstream romantic ideals.
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