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Comment 20 of 160, added on February 19th, 2008 at 11:37 AM.

this poem is very interesting. i think Emily Dickenson is telling us to
appreciate out solitary times that we have with ourselves. i believe that
she is contrasting relative privacy and eternal privacy. for example when
she says "There is a solitude of space
A solitude of sea
A solitude of death, but these
Society shall be", i think that she is talking about the peace and
tranquility we may experience daily when we are by ourselves. but when she
says "A solitude of death , but these Society shal be", this is eternal
loneliness which happens when we die. this is really expressed when it says
"A soul admitted to itself--Finite infinity", shows us that death is when
we are finally alone forever.

this is something that many of us fear. when we lose a loved one in death
we feel lonley. and i think this is what dickenson was expressing in her
poetry. she may have been going through a rough time when she wrote this
poem.


karen from United States
Comment 19 of 160, added on February 19th, 2008 at 11:13 AM.

Well, here is my idea of the message. I believe that Emily Dickinson was
trying to say that when you lokk at space for some time, you tend to get an
idea that this space is something very desolate, very lonely. She also says
that:
"A solitude of death, but these
Society shall be"
I belive that what she means is that society will become just like death's
solitude: cold, baren, and alone. And when she puts Finite and Infinity
together, it sounds very ironic, but slightly redundant. She also says:
"That polar privacy
A soul admitted to itself"
This suggests a bit of a mysterious felling around this statement, because,
how can a soul be admitted onto itself? Sounds like a bit of an oxymoron in
there, if you ask me.

Patrick from United States
Comment 18 of 160, added on February 15th, 2008 at 11:12 AM.

Dickinson talks about solitude and loneliness and how it affects the mind,
but in an abstract and vague way. Her use of metaphors like space and sea
make it a little easier to understand her way of thinking.

elexis and alexandra from United States
Comment 17 of 160, added on February 15th, 2008 at 9:55 AM.

I get a unique message from this poem. After I read the poem for the third
time I realized that Dickinson describes many different degrees of
solitude. Space, to me, is like looking from the outside in. You are
looking in on the world and everyone elses conflicting issues and using
them as examples on how to fix yourself. The sea, to me, is like a calm,
relaxing solitude. It is the kind of solitude you experience when you take
a day and go to the beach. You are not isolating yourself from the world,
and if you are you are giving yourself time to think and breathe. However
death, to me, is the ultimate isolation. Your life is very precious. You
can have all the solitude in world, but if you do not have your life you
cannot have the same solitude. For instance if you believe in Heaven, you
are going to be with God and all the angels when your times is over in this
world, on the downside if you go to hell, you are going to have solitude,
but in a painful manner. So death is a crazy way to describe solitude. " A
soul admitted to itself--Finite Infinity" appeals to me. You have no limits
as it says and are free to do whatever you please. You have endless
possiblities when you isolate yourself, I disagree, you cannot feel love,
you will not let love in. To me you can never be completly solitude. The
word "Death" however makes my mind cringe. People will do anything to let
go of their problems, but even death, the ulitimate solitude, you are still
not alone.

Heather Bishop from United States
Comment 16 of 160, added on February 15th, 2008 at 9:42 AM.

I get a unique message from this poem. After I read the poem for the third
time I realized that Dickinson describes many different degrees of
solitude. Space, to me, is like looking from the outside in. You are
looking in on the world and everyone elses conflicting issues and using
them as examples on how to fix yourself. The sea, to me, is like a calm,
relaxing solitude. It is the kind of solitude you experience when you take
a day and go to the beach. You are not isolating yourself from the world,
and if you are you are giving yourself time to think and breathe. However
death, to me, is the ultimate isolation. Your life is very precious. You
can have all the solitude in world, but if you do not have your life you
cannot have the same solitude. For instance if you believe in Heaven, you
are going to be with God and all the angels when your times is over in this
world, on the downside if you go to hell, you are going to have solitude,
but in a painful manner. So death is a crazy way to describe solitude. " A
soul admitted to itself--Finite Infinity" appeals to me. You have no limits
as it says and are free to do whatever you please. You have endless
possiblities when you isolate yourself, I disagree, you cannot feel love,
you will not let love in. To me you can never be completly solitude. The
word "Death" however makes my mind cringe. People will do anything to let
go of their problems, but even death, the ulitimate solitude, you are still
not alone.

Heather Bishop from United States
Comment 15 of 160, added on March 14th, 2007 at 7:16 PM.

Yeh....I live in North Agusta and I had to do this lame ass poem for my
project. What the hell!!! This thing is so god damn hard to comprehend.
Emily Dick, if your out there looking down on this message, just wnna let u
know im gnna rekill you if you come back to life so no one ever has to
translate one of the fking poems again! BAM! take taht Dickinson! oober
poonage

Jonny T. from United States
Comment 14 of 160, added on February 19th, 2006 at 3:02 PM.

This poem is rather peculiar. This poem is talking about how there is a
solitude of space. Factors of space such as the sea, death, and just space.
It allows us to comprehend the idea of how the emptiness of ones self
allows for them to realize their true and inner selves. That a soul
admitted to itself is finite infinity.

Sarah from United States
Comment 13 of 160, added on January 30th, 2006 at 9:53 AM.

This poem really caught my attention. This poem expresses the value of the
soul. Truthfulness to your body will bring you great pleasure and relief to
you. but the only way to accomplish or experience this is to find "absolute
solitude" in one's self.

cherell bostic from United States
Comment 12 of 160, added on January 27th, 2006 at 1:30 PM.

I was a little kind of confuse on What Emily Dickinson was trying to say
but as I kept on reading it and finally understood what she is saying.
Emily Dickinson is saying that space, sea and death are all places of empty
space and solitude. But,there is nothing like being alone in society and
being content. Emily Dickinson also said that the soul admitted to itself
finite infinity. Emily is saying that soul is admitted to itslef and is
choosing to be along.

Tiffany Bynum from United States
Comment 11 of 160, added on January 27th, 2006 at 1:50 PM.

I believe that this poem means there are many ways to be "solitary", but
they are all of a social aspect rather than a mental/psychological
viewpoint. People generally conform to other peoples and groups. This is
where we find the basis of "who we are". When we divide ourselves socially
from others we find who we really are. Things like solitary confindment
allow you to see your viewpoints while not relying on others' opinions. You
can find out who you are psychologically, spiritually, emotionally, etc. by
alienating yourself from all others.

Ashleigh

Ashleigh 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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