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Comment 10 of 320, added on April 12th, 2009 at 10:05 AM.

It seems that the author begins rather apologetically and abjectly:
"It's all I have to bring today -

"This" is the poem she is writing. Immediately, however, she realises that
she IS bringing more - her heart as well.

And then all the fields, meadows and bees.

She is giving the gift of counting our blessings.

Ethel Biscuit from United Kingdom
Comment 9 of 320, added on March 26th, 2009 at 8:55 PM.

I feel, that Emily Dickinson is trying to tell everyone that she can only
give someone what she's willing to give which happens to be her heart and
her heart only. When she uses the words "meadows-fields-bees-clovers" shes
referring to nature's beauty. She sees her heart just as beautiful as
nature. :)

Brittnee from United States
Comment 8 of 320, added on October 27th, 2008 at 1:56 PM.

i think this poem is mainly talkin about her feelings for someone.

isis from United States
Comment 7 of 320, added on June 14th, 2006 at 1:15 PM.

I received this poem without understanding why and I so I am analyzing why
it has shown up in my life. Similar to another disection is that there is
a longing to express a love that is not able to be received as satisfactory
but the writer is saying that she can give only what she has and that
should be enough.

Fab from United States
Comment 6 of 320, added on January 7th, 2006 at 7:58 AM.

i studied english literature for just over a year, not the most impressive
of studies i kno but moving on. When I studied this poem i came to the same
conclusion. Dickinson was trying to express her belief that all she had to
offer is what she holds in her heart, but at the same time I also got the
impression that she believed that was far more than enough. She says that
although she only has her heart to bring she also has the fields and
meadows wide, inspiring the idea that her heart is a lot more than it may
at first seem. This, I think, is supported by her saying that she could
lose count of the value of her own heart. that made so much more sense when
it was in my head then when i wrote it down but there you go, just my

Angela from Australia
Comment 5 of 320, added on January 7th, 2005 at 8:56 AM.

I really think that this is also a life lesson. What Emily is trying to say
is that all anybody has to offer if you strip them down to the minimum, is
their heart and that is it. Money and fame are hear today and gone
tomorrow, and the only thing left is the real person left in your true

Marc from Canada
Comment 4 of 320, added on December 21st, 2004 at 3:43 AM.

I think the other poem you're talking about is #95:
"My nosegays are for captives", right?

Joseph from Egypt
Comment 3 of 320, added on December 19th, 2004 at 4:56 PM.

I can't remember the name of the poem, but she wrote at least one other
that has to deal with what she can offer. I believe that all she felt she
had to offer was her poetry, and nothing more. But then again, she made it
easy to interpet it in another manner.

Comment 2 of 320, added on November 29th, 2004 at 2:13 PM.

I think "this" refers to this poem or all of her poetry in general. Her
poetry is all she has to show for herself; her poetry and her heart because
her heart is in her poetry, so to say.
The "fields" and "meadows wide" and all these nature references probably
mean that her poetry is directly derived from Nature. "Someone the sum
could tell" probably means that the subjects of her poems are so universal
and intuitive that any one could get them and "tell" about them.

Joseph from Egypt
Comment 1 of 320, added on August 16th, 2004 at 4:11 AM.

I do believe this poem is about desire. Deepfelt desire to have something
to show the world.

Elayne from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 26. It's all I have to bring today
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jun 22 2002

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