Comment 99 of 385, added on May 9th, 2006 at 1:28 AM.
I'm on here for a project on Emily Dickinson. Though I've been known to
have a lewd and disgusting sense of humor, I don't understand the hatred on
this site. People saying that this poem "blows" and "sucks" and whatnot
just furthers Emily's view on life and publication. People could not
appreciate her poetry in her own time period, for she was too ahead of her
time. Now, more than a century later, society has become too ignorant to
accept her poetry. As for the sexual overtones, they were obviously not
intended since Emily addressed her brother, Austin. These perversions were
simply conjugated through your own mind dosed and poisoned by the
over-sexed media. "Into my garden come!" could mean "Come into my garden."
and nothing more or less. In addition to that, while i skimmed through the
previous comments, I found many people called her a "depressing goth" or
something of that nature. It is unfair to label her (or anyone else) that,
because, under the circumstances, it was almost mandatory to be paranoid of
death. Women and children always tended for the ill and dying, and they
were taught that there were little graves in the graveyards because little
children died as well. She watched people around her die, mostly from
comsumption (better known now as tuberculosis). Every funeral in town
passed her house as well - so, naturally, death was something she pondered
excessively, and she incorporated it into her poetry. Death is something we
all wonder about at one point in our lives, and the occurence is something
none of us fully understand. All in all, death is a perfectly reasonable
topic to write or think about. As for this poem, it is clever, yet
simplistic and easy to understand. My interpretation is that yes, there's
misery and darkness in the world, but she wants to turn her older brother's
head away from that, and escape to a surreal little forest of purity. For
people of modern times, it may be a lover, but it can be anyone.
As for the rude remarks, even I've toned down the immaturity and opened my
mind to accurately understand Emily's writing. I'm 12 years old, I listen
to rap music, I have a foul mouth - I'm a parent's worst nightmare! - yet I
understand everything she says, about life, death, and love, as well as
other topics. Her writing is truly universal.
P. S. whoever is regulating these comments is slacking off... some random
girl is begging for an orgy on here somewhere and they haven't done
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Comment 98 of 385, added on April 28th, 2006 at 8:56 PM.
i think this poem is so beautiful!I really didnt expect to understand any
of her poems since she was from in the 1800's most kids my age arent
interested in this stuff. i really like her poems. i was looking for my
favorite one in the world i memorized it. "i shall not live in vian" that
one has the most meaning to me. i think the whole purpose of this poem is
to teach other people and childeren my age that there is a imaginary garden
to escape to and it will always be there when things arent so great. and
for you guys that r being very rude i though adults were more mature than
that. wow i guess i was wronge! sry didnt mean n e thing bi that.
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