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Comment 2 of 16, added on June 18th, 2007 at 8:17 AM.

I believe that this poem is about the progress of a thought to an action
and humanity's ignorance in regards to the consequences of their actions.
The reference to God suggests that, as the "Ultimate Being", only he can
fore-see the results of an action. Dickinson hints that we are all
condemned because of this ignorance - 'It's Doom is audible'. 'Will'
perhaps refers to morality, in this case whether or not to proceed with an
action, thus the reference to it as 'the manufacturing spot'. The last line
of the first stanza suggests that any action will be executed as long as
the 'Will' or morality of the individual is not compromised. The second
stanza perhaps refers to the omniscience of God, and even if you do not act
upon your thoughts, he can still judge you upon them.

Jack from United Kingdom
Comment 1 of 16, added on June 18th, 2007 at 8:18 AM.

This poem seems to be about the thought process of how something that
starts as an idea becomes an act. It appeals first to your thought process
and then to your 'will'. If your 'will' accepts the 'deed' the 'deed' will
become an 'Act'. If not the 'deed' will become buried deep in your mind,
where only God can discover what it was.

Maddie from United Kingdom

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1216. A Deed knocks first at Thought
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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