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Comment 38 of 568, added on February 26th, 2008 at 10:39 PM.

Emily Dickinson’s poem compares the solitude of space, sea and death to a
soul admitted to itself. A soul, forever belonging to a single person, can
never be entered by society. “That polar privacy a soul admitted to
itself,” means an enclosed soul that chooses to be alone and feels alone,
even though society surrounds it. Emily Dickinson depicts the soul, almost
as if it controls itself. She refers to a soul admitted to itself as
“finite infinity.” Finite meaning to have measurable or definable limits
and infinity defined as endless or unlimited space. I believe she is
referring to the soul as choosing its limits and boundaries and being able
to close itself to society or expand beyond the measures of space, sea or
even death.

Victoria from United States
Comment 37 of 568, added on February 25th, 2008 at 8:09 AM.

This poem expresses how we are when no one is looking. when emily stated
Theree is a solitude of space.How in light we are all alone and we favor
our surroundings but not becoming a by-product of them. for in true reality
where you grow up and your friends and family have a major impact on who
you become. Solitude shows you your true colors, your self from which you
cannot blame no one but your self.A soul admitted to itself finite
infinity. you will forever be yourself and are responsible for yourself.

Kelly Marble from United States
Comment 36 of 568, added on February 25th, 2008 at 6:59 AM.

When I first read this poem, I thought that Ms. Dickinson was trying to
exclude herself from everyone. I came to realize that her nature of
loneliness secluded her from everyone leaving her in solitude. Although she
is alone, she comes to a realization, that this is the only true time where
you can find your true self. In her case, she realizes that a person’s one
true self, is their soul. A person’s soul is one that cannot be explained
by anyone but themselves and is truly and definitely immeasurable.

Mark Kimata from United States
Comment 35 of 568, added on February 24th, 2008 at 10:05 PM.

Emily Dickinson's entire poem speaks of loneliness "there is a solitude of
space" but the ultimate loneliness lives within the soul. Emily believes
the soul lives on forever; it even surpasses death which is why she refers
to it as infinte. To Emily, although the soul may be endless it remains
alone for an eternity thus the line "Finite infinity." The sea has many
living creatures dwelling within it, space has and infinte amount of stars
and plants to fill it,and death claims the lives of numerous people,
animals, and plants. Their souls never interact, but instead they float in
a realm seperate from the living. Although they are so close to one
another, even in the living world, they are singular. Never in their entire
existence do they feel the warmth of love from another soul, or any contact
at all. That is "polar privacy." That is the "profounder sight" that only
the truley lonely heart can understand.

LaCresha X. Styles from United States
Comment 34 of 568, added on February 24th, 2008 at 8:40 PM.

The central theme of this poem in one of solitude. It makes me wonder what
in Ms. Dickenson's life was troubling her so deeply that she would want to
get away from it all to such an extent as "polar privacy" or even the
"solitude of death." I think that while she was writing this poem she
started off sad, wanting to get away from it all; but towards the end she
resolved her problems by admitting them, and it was only at this time in
which she reached "Finite Infinity." This poem has a deep meaning that
applies to anyone. If you have a problem there is sometimes a need to be
secluded, but in the end admitting the problem is the only solution. "A
soul admitted to itself-"

Zack J. from United States
Comment 33 of 568, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 7:26 AM.

The poem confused me a bit at first, I thought she was referring to how the
soul is absolute, and how there is a "solitude of space" in the soul.
Reading the poem over a few times, I came to understand that what Dickinson
was referring to was that the only time you are absolutely alone, is when
you are lonely. In the lines "A solitude of death, but these
Society shall be", she is referring to the loss of someone she greatly
loved, which causes her to feel even more lonely. I felt sympathy for the
narrator of this poem, which was apparently Dickinson, because she seems to
feel to alone, and mourning over the loss of someone. Dickinson also
portrays how being lonely is the only time your alone, when she
states,"There is a solitude of space
Asolitude of sea
Asolitude of death, but these
Society shall be."
This shows that even in the sea, space, or death, your still not completely
in solitude.

Becca D.
Comment 32 of 568, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 6:38 AM.

Dickinson believes society are base on solitude and that it can be a good
and a bad thing. the good thing about solitude is it give you the space and
"privacy". however too much solitude can create loneliness like the time
that she is writing this poem because the dictions that uses shows her
depression and sadness of being solitude.

Hai from United States
Comment 31 of 568, added on February 22nd, 2008 at 2:13 AM.

Loneliness can be both appreciated and depressing. The reasons that people
are alone, are when they want space from people, when they are enjoying the
scenes of nature, and when they isolate themselves because of a death. The
reasons that I just gave are normal, but solitude forever can be
depressing; as shown in lines 6-8: "That polar privacy
A soul admitted to itself-
Finite Infinity." Dickinson was probably going through something when she
wrote this, because she began the poem with the good aspects of solitude,
but ended with the bad. There could also be no good things to describe
solitude, because solitude and society contrast each other. Society
represents the togetherness of a society, not seclusion.

Lakiva S. from United States
Comment 30 of 568, 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 568, 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

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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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