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Analysis and comments on "Sic transit gloria mundi" by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 14 of 100, added on October 2nd, 2007 at 10:54 PM.

I have been thinking about the stanza that I believe is a turning point in
the poem and Im trying to interpret the words correctly so that it makes
sense (to me) and fits with the rest of the poem which I think I got by

I used Merriam-Webster dictionary online for this and checked some (now)
outdated uses of the words, which were the standard at the time Emily
Dickison was alive.

Mortality is fatal
Gentility is fine,
Rascality, heroic,
Insolvency, sublime!

To me, the word "fatal" is used here as "decreed, controlled, or marked by
fate." We have to die and that will no doubt happen.
By "gentility" she might be referring to strong and courageous people. Like
the ones she has referred to as her heroes.
When she says "rascality", I guess that Dickinson is probably thinking of a
crowd of people (in this case, fighting together for a common cause.)
And to me, by "insolvency" she means the deprivation from richness
(according to The Bible -if I remember rightly- a rich man will not easily
make it to Heaven.)

It would be awesome to read and 'see' what you think. Thank you!

Comment 13 of 100, added on April 10th, 2007 at 12:39 PM.

I too am a fan of the song, Sic Transit Gloria . . . Gloria Fades, by Brand
New! At first glance I did not think there was any relation between the
two, but if you you look up the Latin words you can make a few connections.
This is just my opinion and my thoughts. The song is talking about a boy
who is pressured into having sex. I think at first it was something he
wanted but was also pressured by his friends. Here comes that phrase,
everyone is doing it. In our society today sex is no big deal, but I
believe it is supposed to be a sign of covenant between a husband a wife.
The Latin phrase, "sic transit gloria mundi" meaning, so passes worldly
glory. In a sense I feel the world tells us that it is ok to have multiple
sex partners, almost as if your "glorified" for having lots of sex.
Although in the poem there is the underlying wisper of "size the day" I
think the song is against that, "Die young and save yourself" "memento
mori"(remember you are mortal). Maybe its a stretch, but those little bits
and pieces jumped out at me. Maybe Brand New just took little parts of the
poem to construct their song and maybe they have no idea the poem even
exists. Then again if you look at the over all meaning of both, I think
they are two different topics.

Celest from United States
Comment 12 of 100, added on April 8th, 2007 at 3:56 AM.

Very interesting...but some of the comments posted are
getting to be as interesting as the poets- except for
those saying "why aren't they written in english". I think some ppl should
realise THIS is their "ENGLISH".

LJ from Australia
Comment 11 of 100, added on February 19th, 2006 at 8:57 AM.

Hey i am also facinated with the song by a band named Brand New called Sic
Transit Gloria...Gloria Fades. I always loved the song for its beat and
whispers however i just found the lyrics and figured what it was saying.
Wow it is amazing! Finaly someone wrote something about the guy being
presured into sex. however, i also was looking deeper and i found this poem
and too was wondering if there was any connection with this poem and the
song. Thanks.

Nick from United States

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Information about "Sic transit gloria mundi"

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 3. "Sic transit gloria mundi"
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Dec 24 2014

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