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

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Comment 12 of 372, added on April 5th, 2006 at 7:56 PM.

I have always understood this poem differently than most others address

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 372, 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

aeny from United States
Comment 10 of 372, 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 372, 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 372, 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 372, 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 372, 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 372, 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 372, 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 372, 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

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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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