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Analysis and comments on So has a Daisy vanished by Emily Dickinson

Comment 6 of 6, added on May 30th, 2009 at 10:52 PM.

Emily Dickinson usually called herself a 'daisy' in her Journals. so i
think this poem is about self-doubt and self-destruction. it is really
depression. sometimes i read her poems with pain...

Cass from China
Comment 5 of 6, added on May 4th, 2007 at 3:58 PM.

This is one of emily's more depressing poems. I like it though. It is
really deep is you think about it!

Avril from Canada
Comment 4 of 6, added on February 27th, 2006 at 2:49 PM.

i wanted to know what this poem meant. Im not sure exactly and i need some
help to discover the meaning.

katie from United States
Comment 3 of 6, added on October 2nd, 2005 at 10:06 AM.

This meaning inocenses has gone
I find Emily the greatest female poet ever

Jennifer Reeder from United States
Comment 2 of 6, added on July 20th, 2005 at 8:57 AM.

Your question was a while ago, so you may not be checking this, but on the
off-chance you are --

It seems unlikely to me that Dickinson would have known about a rejected
title for "The Scarlet Letter." Yes, Hawthorne had lived in Emerson's
family home (the "Old Manse" in Concord) long before, and Dickinson read
everything Emerson wrote and almost certainly attended his lectures in
Amherst (he had stayed next door to Emily, at her brother Austin and
sister-in-law Susan's house). But I know of no evidence Emerson knew of
the title change, and he certainly didn't write or speak publicly about it.
Besides, this poem doesn't connect thematically with "The Scarlet Letter"
in any way. The "crimson tide" is the sunset; Dickinson's description of
the sunlight as liquid -- both the water of a tide and the "crimson
bubbles" that "oozed," which suggests blood -- are classic examples of
literary synaeshesia, i.e. describing the impressions of one sense with
vocabulary normally associated with a different sense. She turns the death
of a flower into a symbol for (possibly violent or at least bloody) human
death, then asks if the flower is "with God." This is an early stab (pun
intended) at themes over which she would always obsess: death and her
skeptical view of an afterlife.



Richard Nanian
Comment 1 of 6, added on February 15th, 2005 at 10:48 AM.

I noticed the key words of "Crimson" and "Tide" and was wondering if that
had any relation with Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter. I think i heard
that "Crimson Tide" or something to that effect was a proposed title for
the book. Nevertheless, was Dickinson influenced by Hawthorne's perception
of transcendentalism or Puritan society during that time?

Andrew Lyu from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 28. So has a Daisy vanished
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Aug 26 2003


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