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Comment 76 of 346, added on December 14th, 2010 at 9:04 PM.

This poem has many meanings. Literally, it means that if you take a rose
away from its home, it will not be missed by anyone but a butterfly or bee.
The implicit meaning, however, is more complicated. The rose symbolizes a
perfect human being- everyone adores it’s beauty. When its gone, though,
nobody misses it. The poet uses alliteration to help the poem flow. For
example- “only a bee… only a butterfly… only a bird… only a breeze.” She
also uses the half rhyme (or slant rhyme) sequence (be rhymes with thee,
butterfly rhymes with lie, and sigh rhymes with die). The poet also
capitalizes important words and uses personification (“Bird will wonder”,
“breeze will sigh”, etc)

shams from United States
Comment 75 of 346, added on November 7th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 74 of 346, added on May 8th, 2010 at 3:45 PM.
"pilgrim" term disagreement

Emily Dickinson routinely used "pilgrim" and "pilgrimage" type terms, not
in the vernacular (slang) we are used to today, but if you read it as she
wrote it, a pilgrim is traditionally one who embarks on a religious
journey, which makes the remainder of that phrase make sense: "it might a
PILGRIM be...did I not take it from the ways...AND HOLD IT UP TO THEE..."
She was symbolically representing that by bringing the rose from its place
up to "thee" (whoever she meant then, or perhaps God, it isn't clear, but
she did have a difficult and impossible to make reality situation with a
man due to circumstance) as its journey from the earth to the nose of
"thee" (again being whomever she chose to leave out of the poem save that
phrase, which also leaves open interpretation as to who "thee" was, but the
prior comment, with all due respect, does not fit in with the remainder of
that poem, although it shows how our use of language is much different now
than in the past, and also is a wonderful sign that she is still making us
think after all this time. I hope someone replies with thoughts - she's my
favorite poet in her use of imagery and care with brevity of words to
explain infinite concepts with infinite meanings that are still relevant to
us today.

Donna from United States
Comment 73 of 346, added on December 1st, 2009 at 3:49 PM.

She says "it might a pilgrim be" meaning its a foreigner or someone who is
different from the others around it. And the Bee,Butterfly,Breeze and Bird
are capatilized to represent people in her life. the Rose representing her.

Roxy from United States
Comment 72 of 346, added on May 26th, 2009 at 6:07 AM.

This poem is extremely deep. It reflects the circle of life and the way it
can just slip away. She used the rose to represent the fragility of our
lives and the mysteriousness of it. the End line shows that people with
very full lives can often envy those who have nothing to lose.

Tara from Australia
Comment 71 of 346, added on April 18th, 2009 at 7:41 PM.

Having just seen the wonderful performance of Julie Harris as Emily in
biographical monolgue The Belle of Amherst, I have no doubt the subject of
this poem, the rose, represents Emily herself. The Bee and the butterfly
are similes for the members of her fmily, especially her sister lavinia and
her brother Austin. The poem reflects Emily's shyness and reclusiveness,
and doubts of her self-worth.

Ed from United States
Comment 70 of 346, added on March 20th, 2009 at 2:35 AM.

I am amazed at all of these comments -- I just thought it was really about
an isolated rose growing somewhere hidden from view. I thought the "easy
to to die" image at the end was simply that she was about to pick it. It
is about the fragility of life, but not because of some hugely deep thing
-- simply because she was going to pick it. Maybe the rose is a symbol for
herself -- growing in an isolated place where very few people noticed her.
Maybe she is commenting on her own mortality. But it could still just be
about a rose!!!

Eliza from United States
Comment 69 of 346, added on March 8th, 2009 at 2:27 PM.

It is a poem of life and what sustains it as the rose served a purpose to
the bee and butterfly..So do humans to one another.. I think it was a very
depressed time in her life when she wrote this poem. She had such
compassion for the little Rose. showing a feeling of helplessnes as she had
such power over it..but might have lacked it in her own life...

linda from United States
Comment 68 of 346, added on October 14th, 2008 at 10:42 PM.

I think Emily want to show that humam's life is as short as the rose's

maha from Saudi Arabia
Comment 67 of 346, added on August 5th, 2008 at 12:54 AM.

the poem want us to enjoy every moment of our life and we should live it to
the fullest,we may encounter many obstacles down the road,but for me thats
what spice up our life

ace from Philippines

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 35. Nobody knows this little Rose
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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