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Analysis and comments on Fame is a bee. by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 14 of 34, added on January 8th, 2010 at 6:41 AM.
Fame is a Bee

It's a very poweful poem; the image of the bee and all its qualites vividly
describe fame. Fame is sweet to have, bitter in after-taste, and transient
in nature.It can please you and it can hurt you; but, it can naver stay
with you.

Almas from Pakistan
Comment 13 of 34, added on March 5th, 2009 at 7:42 PM.

I think his poem is about how fame can be good and bad at simultaneous
times and also at different times depending on the situation. I think she
is talking about herself being famous and then getting backstabbed by, her
boss or someone she thought was a good friend of hers. This poem might also
be about how, you might waste all of your time being rich and famous but,
after all of the photo shoots and press conferences you figure out that you
have not done anything with your life. So basically fame may be good while
you have it but, when itís gone your either going to be sad or disappointed
at yourself.

I'm a poet and I didn't even know it from Czech Republic
Comment 12 of 34, added on June 2nd, 2007 at 12:28 PM.

this poem is about how fame is good and bad and can disappear quickly

gen from United States
Comment 11 of 34, added on May 27th, 2007 at 2:53 PM.

This poem is very short, but it tells a lot about how fame id good and bad.

Taylor from United States
Comment 10 of 34, added on January 7th, 2006 at 2:56 PM.

i think that this poem is about how fame has its good and bads

kaka from United States
Comment 9 of 34, added on September 27th, 2005 at 9:18 PM.


LALA from Mexico
Comment 8 of 34, added on July 1st, 2005 at 10:26 AM.

Would this poem be best characterized as personification, an oxymoron, or
as a metaphor? Was she humorous, positive, or realistic?
Thank you for your input.

Laura Donaldson from United States
Comment 7 of 34, added on April 5th, 2005 at 6:07 PM.

I think that this is a particualy lovely poem. I am thinking that it just
talks basically about peoples times of fame, but hen it comes back to
'sting' you.
To me, it puts a lovely vision in my head.

Grace from United States
Comment 6 of 34, added on March 31st, 2005 at 12:10 PM.

it was short but it was good

Christina from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 34, added on March 21st, 2005 at 11:04 PM.

I think that maybe emily was also possibly refering to Jesus Christ and his
death on the cross. With the songs of the bee being the only way that bees
can praise God, it symbolizes when Jesus came into Jerusalem on the donkey
people were crying out Hossana and Mesiah and Lord, along with other
praises, then The stinger symbolizes pain and angony, the pain that Christ
felt dying on the cross for our sins. and then the wings possibly
symbolizes the resurection of Christ on the 3rd day, and it is the 3rds
thing mentioned about the bee.

Mary Lou from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1763. Fame is a bee.
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Oct 8 2006

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