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Analysis and comments on We never know how high we are by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 17 of 377, added on March 4th, 2008 at 7:04 PM.

I believe that this poem is very true and inspiring. I play softball and
this makes me think of a time i was asked to play a more difficult position
than i was used to and i did great! I did better than i had before! I
pushed myself as Dickinson explained and I rose to the occasion. Dickinson
explains that we never know what we can do until we push ourselves and
actually try your best and with everything you got. You might be surprises
and don't be afraid to do great!!!

Heather from United States
Comment 16 of 377, added on April 12th, 2007 at 5:42 PM.

i heard this poem in a movie once... hehe... im bored.... i have to write a
poem on a famous poet.... im bored again.... hehe.....

Bob from United States
Comment 15 of 377, added on April 1st, 2007 at 3:36 PM.

This poem was quoted by one of the characters in the movie Seabiscut.
Great movie and great poem! I don't think the main source of inspiration
for the poem was herion. It doesn't fit the rest of her poetic content.
Emily wrote about LIVE, LOVE, and NATURE...
Steve

steve from United States
Comment 14 of 377, added on January 2nd, 2007 at 3:26 PM.

Haha, although some STONERS out there would think it an awesome poem about
drugs, they most obviously would not have described it as "getting high" in
the 1800's, lol...ur digging deep, just not in the right direction! Lol...

JK from United States
Comment 13 of 377, added on April 11th, 2006 at 1:51 AM.

This would have to be one of my favorite poems written by Emily Dickinson.
The meaning of this poem may be different for different people, but to me I
think Emily Dickinson is talking about how we don't discover our own
potential and strengths until we are forced to by being pushed.

Chynna Joy from United States
Comment 12 of 377, added on April 5th, 2006 at 7:56 PM.

I have always understood this poem differently than most others address
it:

To me, it is saying that we don't know the depth of our capabilities until
we are forced by circumstances to rise to the occassion.

We are always capable of doing more, if we push ourselves.

I do not believe that the second stanza refers to humility at all: I think
that Emily is criticizing our reluctance to push ourselves, to take charge,
and to lead. The feats which we consider to be heroic, could happen every
day if we exerted ourselves.

"Warping the cubits" refers to what we actually put forth, not just our
attitudes toward it.

"Fear to be a king" addresses our insecurities, and fear at assuming such a
responsibility or honor.

LG from United States
Comment 11 of 377, added on March 19th, 2006 at 2:28 PM.

This is not about being on drugs! and those of you who think it is, have
very shallow thinking. why don't you go a little deeper, and analyze the
poem!

aeny from United States
Comment 10 of 377, 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 377, 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
notices.
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
GETTING STONED!!!

joe from United States
Comment 8 of 377, 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

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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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