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Comment 72 of 102, 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 102, 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 102, 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 102, 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 102, 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
from Saudi Arabia
Comment 67 of 102, 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
Comment 66 of 102, added on July 4th, 2008 at 2:33 PM.
I believe it is not about yourself our anyone else.
My opinion is that it is about the death of loved ones... Dying of
humans, friends, gives sadness and makes us mourn. For such a thing as a
rose it is easy to die, as nobody will miss it. The problem is not in the
dying of a friend but in the absence it creates.
Hans from Belgium
Comment 65 of 102, added on May 30th, 2007 at 11:21 AM.
Though not my most favorite of Dickinson's poems, it has quite an impactful
thought so many of us are concerned with. She eloquently places the thought
of being nothing on one of Western Society's biggest emblem of importance.
Also, Karl from Azerbaijan, you missed the meaning entirely. This poem is
about how important everyone thinks they are, but the truth is virtually no
one will notice you are gone. Sure some family members will mourn you, but
you, like countless others, will end up as just another tombstone no one
comes to visit, slowly wearing out your name until it is entirely
Jacob P. from United States
Comment 64 of 102, added on March 21st, 2007 at 3:01 PM.
this poem really speaks out to a lot of people. its so amazing how so many
people can relate to it. if you dont like this poem then dont type a
comment criticism b/c no one f****** cares!
jennifer from Germany
Comment 63 of 102, added on March 14th, 2007 at 6:36 AM.
This is sooo deeep. And sooo good. I Love it sooo mcuh. Love you to. Good
Danielle from Canada
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