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Comment 7 of 75, added on June 25th, 2009 at 2:47 PM.

For God to even exist a prerequisite of faith must first exist. (Same for
love - to exist a prerequisite of faith must exist.) Jealousy is the
recognition of some absence of faith, or doubt. I believe for Dickenson
"play' is the operative word in this poem. We disappoint because we have no
commitment to immortal ideas, but only play at mortal ones. It doesn't mean
God doesn't exist at all, just not to those at play. His jealousy is the
same skepticism as ours - basically its mirror.

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Comment 6 of 75, added on March 19th, 2009 at 12:02 PM.

This poem is NOT anti-God. It does not demean God at all. That Emily
calls God jealous is to proclaim a symptom of our own choice of
disobedience in the garden. By eating from the tree of knowledge, we
gained knowledge of ourselves and, as a result, fell in love with US rather
than God. God created us for HIS playthings (Plato), and Emily comments,
as if she can see God's heart, of his disappointment in our choice to
ignore him. God is still great in this poem! Annie

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1719. God is indeed a jealous God --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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