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Comment 10 of 370, added on October 25th, 2005 at 10:58 AM.

tomorrow probably, we might have an exam about it :))

we don't know our true potential until we are asked to meet new challenges.
we never really feel high until other people call us to rise.
"skies" symbolizes limitless possibility.
we don't take credit for our success. the praise has to come from other
people for us to feel truly proud.

noone could care about our heroism if we weren't modest and tried to
downplay the whole matter.

that's all.... :)

ba$ak from Turkey
Comment 9 of 370, added on September 29th, 2005 at 7:25 PM.

some people need to look up the key words they don't notice... the first
key word being stature, which is defined as being status gained by growth,
development, or achievement... not someone's physical height.... the second
being cubit, which is a form of measurement... now to my interpretation...

We always SAY we'll act a certain way when faced with a particular
situation, but we sometimes don't do what we said we would when that
possibility is realized.
If we do act according to our plans, or in what i like to think of as our
values, then we see ourselves as better people for having done what we
consider is right. we consider ourselves "heroes".
"Fear to be a king" basically means fear of being someone that everyone
The courage we display by sticking to our word would be a common thing for
us if we didn't worry about how many people ridicule us for going against
the majority's beliefs.
For you people who don't look at the poem very closely, IT'S NOT ABOUT

joe from United States
Comment 8 of 370, added on September 3rd, 2005 at 12:05 AM.

This poem is not about drugs. When she used the term heroism, she was
referring to being a HERO. Look deeper.

Kari from United States
Comment 7 of 370, added on August 27th, 2005 at 10:26 PM.

I seem to think there were a few word changes in the poem. That or there
is more than one version. The version posted here uses the word "asked"
in the 2nd line.. when the version I am familiar with uses the word
"called" in the 6th line this version uses the word "normal" when I
believed the word "daily" to be used. Either way the poem has the same
awesome meaning. THAT IS NOT ABOUT DRUGS lol

Comment 6 of 370, added on May 4th, 2005 at 1:17 PM.

this poem is crazy i think it tells alot about life and what it is like to
be on drugs

Amber Collier from United States
Comment 5 of 370, added on April 18th, 2005 at 12:02 PM.

This poem is not about drugs. It is about we dont know how high we are
until we die.

Shelby Bell from United States
Comment 4 of 370, added on February 1st, 2005 at 2:15 PM.

Emily Dickenson was reffering to drugs in this poem, AGAIN. Her use of the
word heroism is reffering to a drug called heroin and she is telling us how
she never knew she could get so high.

Barnaby Lancaster from Canada
Comment 3 of 370, added on January 28th, 2005 at 4:58 PM.

Very inspirational poem. Stand up and be counted, soar like an eagle, rise
to the occasion. Don't let fear paralyse you.

Era from United States
Comment 2 of 370, added on December 4th, 2004 at 11:09 AM.

I love this poem! To me, it's a simple definition of humility:
We never really feel "high" until other people call on us to "rise". In
other words, one would not feel really proud if one's pride came from
within: the praise has to come from other people for us to feel truly
And, enjoying this humility, and being "true" to God's "plan" for us, "our
statures touch the skies".
"The heroism we recite" is one's exploits and one's deeds that one talks
about. It would be a "a daily thing": no one would really care about them.
That is, no one would really care if not for one condition: "did not
ourselves the cubits warp"; a cubit is an ancient unit of measurement used
a lot in the Old Testament and warp means to "change for worse". In other
words: no one would care about our "heroism" if we weren't modest and tried
to downplay the whole matter. And "for fear to be a king" is just the
explanation: we would "warp the cubits" for fear of being arrogant.

Joseph from Egypt
Comment 1 of 370, added on December 2nd, 2004 at 1:04 PM.

This is my very favorite poem. I love it. I think it means that we don't
know how good we can be at something until we actually do it, and that it's
worth our time to do things that we've never done before.

Vianney from Honduras

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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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