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Analysis and comments on Title divine -- is mine! by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 5 of 27, added on December 13th, 2010 at 9:36 AM.

this poem is hard to understand.

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Comment 4 of 27, added on August 7th, 2010 at 10:11 AM.
Title divine--is mine!

In other poems, Dickenson uses religious metaphors to relay the sacredness
of personal love experience. In this poem, she does the same. This
personal love experience appears to be that of the "other woman" who will
never be a wife in name, but believes the title is hers in experience:
"Title divine is mine. The wife without the sign."
She conveys the intense suffering involved in such a life: "Acute degree
conferred on me: Empress of Calvary!" By using the metaphor of Calvary,
she not only conveys suffering, but also sacrifice for the sake of others
which in some way elevates her experience to that of martyr. And while she
revels in her experience: "Royal - all but the Crown!" she knows that it
is limited to moments in time: "Born, bridaled, shrouded in a day." She
also wonders if the choice she has made is the one she should continue: "Is
this the way?"

sue from United States
Comment 3 of 27, added on March 6th, 2010 at 4:19 PM.

I think the poem is from the perspective of the single woman looking at
married women and wondering whether marriage is truly the way to go. Women
are expected to be born, to marry, and to die. The title "wife" is the one
that is supposed to symbolize respect and honor, like a queen, and be the
most important in a female's life. Women are so proud to be called wife and
to call their men "husband", because of how they were brought up. But, the
author wonders, "Is this -- the way?" Is this all the female's life is
supposed to be about? Is this the route she should take?

kakewalk from United States
Comment 2 of 27, added on March 6th, 2010 at 4:19 PM.

I think the poem is from the perspective of the single woman looking at
married women and wondering whether marriage is truly the way to go. Women
are expected to be born, to marry, and to do; the title "wife" is the one
that is supposed to symbolize respect and honor, like a queen, and be the
most important in a female's life. Women are so proud to be called wife and
to call their men "husband", because of how they were brought up. But, the
author wonders, "Is this -- the way?" Is this all the female's life is
supposed to be about? Is this the route she should take?

kakewalk from United States
Comment 1 of 27, added on February 20th, 2009 at 9:32 PM.

Perhaps this a poem about Mary the mother of God. She is divine (Mother of
God) without the sign. She is still a vergin.She is the empress of Calvery
(Queen of Heaven) When you compare her marriage to others-Garnet to
Garnet...Gold to gold it is not the same..although they both follow the
pattern of birth, marriage and death. Women want passion, they stroke the
melody and say, is this the way.. that is marriage without sex..

this is just a thought that came to me when considering this poem

jim from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1072. Title divine -- is mine!
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Dec 23 2004


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