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Comment 27 of 377, added on February 25th, 2010 at 11:36 AM.

This poem is a soft criticism on ourselves. It indirectly requests us to
wake up, be courageous and take some bold steps towards personal,
individual and collective success (for this world & the Next).

It, inshort, conveys that believe in yourself (and your GOD), set some bolt
targets followed by true planning based on action plan, and be immune to
fear and possibility of failure to become a great achiever.


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Mr. Shahenshah from United Arab Emirates
Comment 26 of 377, added on January 24th, 2010 at 10:21 AM.

I really thought this was a great poem. What she's saying is, you never
know how great you are until you push yourself and can find out what you
can do. She goes on to say that we could all be great, if we weren't scared
of failure.

Abi from United States
Comment 25 of 377, added on January 3rd, 2010 at 11:26 PM.

I like this poeam. We can grow up to be strong as long as we expect
ourselves to.

Comment 24 of 377, added on January 3rd, 2010 at 10:02 AM.

it's wonderful

qiusong from China
Comment 23 of 377, added on December 11th, 2009 at 2:43 AM.

I like the poem so much . I think she mean how much we important till we
are close to death .when we hear the callto rise to the sky with God.

silvia from United Kingdom
Comment 22 of 377, added on November 5th, 2009 at 7:26 PM.

"We never know how high we are"
we will never know how highly we are valued by God and others, and how high
we can go.
"'Till we are asked to rise"
when we have a challenge set before us, we need to rise to the occasion, we
ARE strong enough.
"And then if we are true to plan, our stature's touch the skies."
When we plan to be great, we WILL be great. We are tall, we are great and
we are the epidemy of greatness.
"The Heroism we recite would be a normal thing, did not ourselves the
cubits warp for fear to be a King"
I put these last few verses together to convey a point.
We are scared and so afraid to be great, to be "the one" to step outside
our litle confining circle, that we never realize our TRUE POTENTIAL in the
world for so many great things!

Hannah from United States
Comment 21 of 377, added on May 31st, 2009 at 8:00 PM.

I really think this poem is about the mindset of us humans. Many of us
think that we can't be of importance to our world, we think we are too
poor, too young, too small, etc. to make a difference in the world, but in
reality when we're called upon to do something to help the world, we may
find that we are much more than we make ourselves out to be, and that each
one of us has the power to change the world, whether big or small

Jaimes from United States
Comment 20 of 377, added on January 15th, 2009 at 7:52 PM.

i think that the true meaning of the poem is stated in the last stanza.

"The heroism we recite
Would be a normal thing,
Did not ourselves the cubits warp
For fear to be a king."

Basically it means that if we were all heros then being a hero would be

The warped cubits part is about pushing the limits or the bar of being
Cubits meaning a measurement that was usually from the hand to the elbow.

Fear to be the king means that no one wants to rule because it means
stading out.

Lauren from United States
Comment 19 of 377, added on January 2nd, 2009 at 10:10 PM.

"We never know how high we are"
We don't really know what we are capable of or what we have truly
"Till we are called to rise;"
Until we meet a challenge that helps us to grow. (grow how? maybe
confidence, wisedom, experience...or all the above?)
"And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies."
If we are true to ourselves and act with out fear of what we may not be
capable of accomplishing our status due to growth in some way will be

"The heroism we recite
Would be a daily thing,"
The heroic or great act we do wouldn't be rare but every day. (due to new
confidence in self and less questioning and limiting ourselves?)
"Did not ourselves the cubits warp
For fear to be a king."
We decided we couldn't do what was truly our potential because we fear
leadership. (cubits- ancient form of measure) (warp- bend and twist)

This is just my personal interpretation of the poem. Take it for what you

Kara from Ireland
Comment 18 of 377, added on July 17th, 2008 at 1:22 PM.

I'm merely stating that to those people who think she is talking about
drugs, there is no proper way to recite ("repeat aloud from memory") drugs.

Jo from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1176. We never know how high we are
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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