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Comment 16 of 86, added on February 11th, 2012 at 6:26 PM.
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Comment 15 of 86, added on August 30th, 2010 at 9:10 AM.

the poem is so nice .
we are now analyzing it in our english class .
and I find it difficult to understand at first.
but if you will focus in it , it gave a meaning that is so valuable.

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Comment 13 of 86, added on April 27th, 2010 at 11:29 AM.
What How Happy is the Little Stone Really Means

What it means is that people should be happy just being who they are and
enjoy the time you have on this amazing world we call Earth. And it means
there is no need to invent Gods as the reason for all of this. It means
that existence and everything in the universe is not ours, it was not made
for us. We are part of the universe but only a small part. Step outside
yourself and see the world anew from the perspective of another animal or
inanimate object. Can you? We are all so blind we just see what we want to
see and not what's really there in front of our faces the whole time. We
are just temporary passers by in the grand and limitless and timeless
expanse and passage of the universe. It's been here long before we ever
came along and it will be here long long after we are all dead and gone.
That's what Emily Dickenson tried to convey in this masterfully simple
little vignette that nobody would ever give a split second of thought to
just walking down a road and kicking a rock. She thought about it for more
than a split second. Pure genious of simplicity and truth shines through
like a million suns.

John Janiero from United States
Comment 12 of 86, added on September 14th, 2009 at 12:01 AM.

When I was younger, I used to think this poem was a paean for the simple
life, but now, older, think it means we have to work for our happiness,
pursue our happiness, because we are in fact humans, and not stones,
rolling or otherwise. I think in fact the simple life is a happy one, but
that simplicity, however defined, is hard to hold - and in the end it's the
integrity of the pursuit we are left with.

Sarah Gates from United States
Comment 11 of 86, added on April 16th, 2008 at 6:28 PM.

i love this poem it is so awesome and wow!



geemaffy from United States
Comment 10 of 86, added on May 9th, 2006 at 12:10 PM.

My simple explanation is:
The aughtor is thinking about our life, what all we need to have to be
happy, to live and to be loved by others. She envies the stone his
simplicity --> it doesn't need anything to be happy, he doesn't need
nothing (no Careers), it just simply is ...



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Comment 9 of 86, added on April 19th, 2006 at 5:54 PM.

This is one of my favorites. To me, it's about the pure contentment. It's
about being yourself and not getting carried away with things that don't
matter.

Stephanie from United States
Comment 8 of 86, 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 86, 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

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1510. How happy is the little Stone
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Apr 26 2004


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