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Analysis and comments on A word is dead by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 10 of 230, added on July 18th, 2009 at 4:25 PM.

It is kind of ironic that Emily Dickinson writes a poem about the life of
words and how they should be used because she hid her words. She made her
voice known after she was gone so for a long time her words were dead. Did
she ever think that these words would be found? If so, what is her purpose
for hiding her "voice"? If you want to show the power of words, why would
you create such a powerful message and then make it disappear. Maybe she
had much more to say than we even know. I am happy that the poems were
found. Her talents are appreciated by so many poets like myself.

Colleen from United States
Comment 9 of 230, added on April 29th, 2009 at 3:21 PM.

when i read it, i felt that we should utter words carefully and think twice
before saying the word itself. the word is like the (s)word i mean the
sword it may kill you or kill the addressee.

noreen from Saudi Arabia
Comment 8 of 230, added on April 14th, 2008 at 10:39 PM.

I find it amazing that she could fit so much meaning into such few words.
It makes me think of the riddle "what can't exist once it's name is spoken?
silence" this poem is awesome

Erin from United States
Comment 7 of 230, added on March 25th, 2008 at 12:20 PM.

Actually she published about 7. And this is one of my favorite poems by
her. I so few word, she expresses so much.

Gail from United States
Comment 6 of 230, added on January 16th, 2006 at 11:56 PM.

theres no way to find out when these were written. When she died, over 2000
poems were found in her closet, unpublished. She had something like 20
poems published in her lifetime, the rest she kept secret. So no one knows
when most were written

marshall from United States
Comment 5 of 230, added on January 12th, 2006 at 11:15 AM.

This poem is great....it shows us that we sometimes forget about the
importance of words and what they mean to other people...



Ana-Luciana from Germany
Comment 4 of 230, added on December 25th, 2005 at 8:04 PM.

This is one of the 2 poems I claim as my favorites. Emily Dickinson was a
wonderful writer of poetry.

Charisse Powell from United States
Comment 3 of 230, added on November 3rd, 2005 at 8:34 AM.

I do love this poem and quote it often. I just wished this site had the
date this and other poems were written by the author, and not by a
publisher. LOL, I know that if she died in 1886, then she could not have
written it in 1955. It was published then, but when did Emily Dickenson
write it?

John E. Muench from United States
Comment 2 of 230, added on May 24th, 2005 at 7:49 PM.

I absolutely adore this poem.

Sam from United States
Comment 1 of 230, added on April 15th, 2005 at 9:37 AM.

Just because a majority follows something doesn't mean it's right. You can
set your own beliefs. And so nothing is really dead until you make that
call.

She's great.

Yasmine Raslan from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1212. A word is dead
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Feb 13 2004


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