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Comment 8 of 38, added on March 22nd, 2006 at 8:50 AM.
I love this poem. It is my favorite of Dickenson's many wonderful poems. :)
K Dog from United States
Comment 7 of 38, added on March 7th, 2006 at 7:54 PM.
Emily Dickenson was an extreamly smart women. When you read her poems you
should look underneath the obvious. For example, stone could mean rock or
maybe gravestone. Then you ralate that word with other words and see how
they tie in together. I saw this poem talking about death, which is what
atleast 500 of her poems relate to. Stone=gravestone or weight of bones. A
coat of Elemental Browm= a cover of dirt. Passing Universe= everyone not
thinking of places like the cematary, its forgotten.
Stephanie from United States
Comment 6 of 38, added on January 30th, 2006 at 9:30 PM.
What is the coat of elemental brown and the passing universe? At first, I
thought the coat was society's attempts to mold individuals and the
universe was society, but I am not very sure.
Marie-Yves de Poulisante from France
Comment 5 of 38, added on January 30th, 2006 at 8:55 PM.
This poem is so sweet and encouraging. Dickinson points out that when one
is content with one's situation, not worring about careers, or what one
looks like, etc. simply living life as it is given, that one is happier and
less stressed about what is happening. I love this poem!
Comment 4 of 38, added on December 31st, 2005 at 1:46 PM.
I've only just now come across this Dickinson poem and it's it knocked me
out! To me, it is a poem about writing and being an outsider. This is
exactly how it feels in the 21st century to be a poet (or rather wanting to
be). So hard to forget the trevails of life - to be like this 'little
stone' and transcend the drudge and bile. Wouldn't it be nice to just lie
there and contemplate and muse? This poem also blows me away because I've
been busy writing 365 poems for the past year (rather spookily)under the
name of 'stonepoem'. The act of writing the poems has made me feel like a
very happy 'stone' indeed ... but how did she know this would be so? It's a
wonderful, wonderful beacon to anyone feeling slightly outside the norm or
trying to be different. It says to me; "It's ok, to let things wash over
you - accept your difference, and it will become commonplace"
Thankyou Emily Dickinson!
stonepoem - www.stonepoem.com
Comment 3 of 38, added on October 31st, 2005 at 11:22 PM.
This poem by Dickinson is rather self-explanatory once you are familiar
with the Transcendentalist movement which swept the nation during the time
period in which Dickinson wrote this poem. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thoreau,
and other transcendentalists focused on the individual and being
self-relient, preaching nonconformity to common "accepted" beliefs along
with a simple life. The little Stone and its happiness in this poem is an
extended metaphor for the happiness experienced by a self-reliant
individual, not hassled by Careers and the search for wealth, but instead
is as "independent as the Sun" and fulfilles "absolute Decree/ In casual
Anonymous from United States
Comment 2 of 38, added on October 31st, 2005 at 11:15 PM.
I think this poem is very self-explanatory once you are familiar with the
transcendentalist movement that swept the nation during the time period
Dickinson wrote this poem. Emerson and other transcendentalists focused on
nature and the individual, preaching nonconformity to common belief and
simple life. The little stone ands its happiness is an extended metaphor
for the happiness of a self-reliant individual not hassled by Careers and
the need for prosperity, but instead is as "independent as the Sun", and
fulfills "absolute Decree/ In casual simplicity--."
Oliver from United States
Comment 1 of 38, added on August 25th, 2005 at 2:58 AM.
very short!! i cant understand!! duh!!
Emma Wall from United States
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