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Comment 30 of 160, added on February 21st, 2008 at 11:13 PM.

Although the theme that Emily Dickinson tries to portray in “There is
solitude of Space” has to do with self-confinement, it can also be a little
confusing to understand. To understand this poem you have to read in
between the lines to grasp the full concept. Ms. Dickinson quotes:
“ There is a solitude of space
A solitude of sea
A solitude of death, but these
Society shall be”
I feel that this means that even though you may not be on the same level as
the community or society, it gives you time to reflect back on your own
life using placidity and peace.
“A soul admitted to itself
Finite Infinity”
This means that for others to accept you, you as an individual have to
accept yourself. It can also mean that there are endless opportunities to
accept yourself but you cannot let that chance pass by.


Ogechi Anyanwu from United States
Comment 29 of 160, added on February 21st, 2008 at 10:32 PM.

Although " There is a solitude of Space" is a bit confusing, readers have
to look deeper in between the lines to actually grasp the concept of Ms.
Dickinson. I feel that Emily Dickinson intended to show that the theme of
loneliness adds to the the solitude of space that is around. It states:
" There is a solitude of space
A solitude of sea
A solitude of death, but these
Society shall be
This means that with placidity and peace we can experience time alone by
ourseleves.I also believe that when a person is isolated in its community
it gives them time ot think of who they really are and their meaning of
life. " A soul admitted to itself" also means that if one is to understand
someone they have to understand themselves first.


Ogechi Anyanwu from United States
Comment 28 of 160, added on February 21st, 2008 at 9:58 PM.

Personally, I think what this poem is trying to say is that there are
various forms of solitude but only one form truly aids us in the process of
self-discovery. Human nature will always have it that we act or become
similar to the people we surround ourselves with, in other words our
friends or family. This is all in an attempt at self-discovery, finding out
who we truly are. But the only way to find our truest selves, or who we
truly are, is when we are in social solitude away from others. It is only
in this period of “polar privacy” that we can actually find our true
identities.

Wale O. from United States
Comment 27 of 160, added on February 21st, 2008 at 7:59 PM.

I think the message intended by Emily Dickinson is humans are lonely on a
regular basis and when death occurs. I didn't really like it because it was
very depressing. Her words were very strong in such a little amount. I
believe she is saying humans are forever alone when death happens when she
says "a soul admitted to itself-finite infinity." I think she is saying
individual space is what makes up society when she writes:
"There is a solitude of space
Asolitude of sea
Asolitude of death, but these
Society shall be."

Amber C. from United States
Comment 26 of 160, added on February 21st, 2008 at 7:44 PM.

I definitely didn't understand this poem. It seemed as if it didn't imply
enough information for me to comprehend it. I looked some of the words up
and it started to make sense. Obviously, Emily Dickinson lost two men that
she dearly loved. She experienced the pain of death twice before her close
because in her poem she said:
"My life closed twice before its close-
it yet remains to see
if immortality
a third event to me."
It was very painful to her because she said "so huge, so hopeless to
conceive."

Amber C. from United States
Comment 25 of 160, added on February 20th, 2008 at 10:23 PM.

To me the two most powerful lines in this poem are "A soul admitted to
itself, finite infinity." Those words are just sooo thougth provoking,
because they are beyond true. Emily speaks of all of these solitudes found
in nature, such as space, sea, and death. However she recognizes and once
more gives credit to the human soul in its importance. Dickinson
aknowledges the importance and abilities of a soul not confinde to inner
solitude.

Kayla Evelyn from United States
Comment 24 of 160, added on February 20th, 2008 at 9:53 PM.

This poem was very well written. It has a very powerful word choice. In the
beginning I believe that by saying, "A solitude of death, but these
Society shall be", Dickinson was saying that loneliness caused by loss of a
loved one is a part of life. I think she was mourning when she wrote this.

Jacquie from United States
Comment 23 of 160, added on February 20th, 2008 at 3:16 PM.

I think that this poem represents how the mind and soul that is admitted to
itself has no limits. This poem shows that if you take the time to examine
your soul and figure out who you really are, your mind will take you where
ever you want to go. "A soul admitted to itself" is one that is examined
and completely understood by the person. She also explains how "polar
privacy" is essential in examination of the mind and soul. The message that
Dickinson is conveying is that solitude and isolation are key in finding
your true self.

Jack Phillip-Reynolds Culler
Comment 22 of 160, added on February 20th, 2008 at 3:06 PM.

My idea of "There is a solitude of space" is that while being lonely you
can experience your own true self. It spoke to me in a sense that you could
be in a room with hundreds of people and still feel like a puny mouse stuck
in the corner with no one to talk to. Although, while being lonely you can
discover who you really are, what you are all about. When we hang out with
other people they kind of rub off on us and we are never who we really
are... unless we are solitude. "A soul admitted to itself," means you are
who you are from the inside out or the outside in, either way you will
always be YOU! The word solitude spoke out to me also, being to yourself
and withdrawn from society. :)

Sarah Vaughan from United States
Comment 21 of 160, added on February 20th, 2008 at 3:01 PM.

Loneliness is the greatest solitude. However, one can be lonely and at
peace. The poem represents the vastness of silence, peace, and solitude.
Though being alone can be taken as isolated and out-of-reach of the world,
it can also represent the time needed for someone to understand life and
their surroundings. The solitude of "a soul admitted to itself" is simply
silence and peace in society and especially onesself, which may eventually
be disrupted unlike the infinite solitude found among space, the sea, and
ultimately, death. "Finite infinity" can be seen by some as impossible,
but in itself, it means solitude. The vast possibilities that are seen
through lonely isolation can be good or bad. The result depends on the
person and what they do with their tie alone, free from stress, pressure,
and life in general.

Jessica Cayce from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1695. There is a solitude of space
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Feb 8 2004


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