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Analysis and comments on On this wondrous sea by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 8 of 88, added on October 2nd, 2007 at 11:22 PM.

I'm reading or rereading Emily's poems in the order they are listed here,
so it will be a while before I'm done :) Anyhow, I was surprised by the
small number of comments on a poem I find most enjoyable.

Just want to add something to what others have already said. I find this
one is very musical really, and it is a fact that many of Emily Dickinson's
poems have been sung to a tune. But even if you just read this poem
carefully out and aloud and pay attention at the sounds you are making, the
al.literations and the contrasts between minimal pairs of phonemes (or,
simply put, sounds) such as /t/ /d/ /th/ /s/ /z/ and the way she combines
vowels and diphthongs you can almost hear and feel the waves she is talking
about and, with a bit of imagination, if you read this with the right
intonation and rythm, you can see yourself aboard a rocking ship and in the
end you are really glad when the poem is over and you are back at shore. No
kidding. Try it!

Juan from Spain
Comment 7 of 88, added on February 20th, 2006 at 5:42 PM.

Wow. This poem is amazing and bogles the mind into a world of Dickinson.

Jon from Canada
Comment 6 of 88, added on October 25th, 2005 at 12:45 AM.

My interpretation was the same as Tamala's. The "wondrous sea" represents
life while the shore of eternity is the after life, free of "storms" and

Steve J. from United States
Comment 5 of 88, added on April 7th, 2005 at 6:24 PM.

I think this poem is about leaving the hassles of every day life. A
breaker, (see line 5), has several meanings.
1. One who breaks (mean person)
2. A wave that is visible against an afloat serface
3. An industrial coal crushing machine
All three have meanings pointing to dickinsons attempt to express her

Matt from United States
Comment 4 of 88, added on March 29th, 2005 at 6:07 PM.

i think the poem is talking about them being on the journey through life
and them looking for land to be on for eternity is meaning after they die
they will go to heaven to be for eternity

Tamala Turner from United States
Comment 3 of 88, added on February 1st, 2005 at 9:08 AM.

i like to sail the wondrous sea because i am a piirate mate.

Alex Ellis from United States
Comment 2 of 88, added on December 21st, 2004 at 4:54 AM.

As all of Emily's poetry is full of symbolism so is this one . Poet wants
to goto a shore where there is no storm in life means apeaceful life and
she heads towrds west in her quest

Monica from India
Comment 1 of 88, added on December 6th, 2004 at 10:11 AM.

cool poem i lke it a lot

kim moreland from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 4. On this wondrous sea
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jul 25 2000

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