I shall know why — when Time is over —
And I have ceased to wonder why —
Christ will explain each separate anguish
In the fair schoolroom of the sky —

He will tell me what “Peter” promised —
And I — for wonder at his woe —
I shall forget the drop of Anguish
That scalds me now — that scalds me now!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem I shall know why — when Time is over


  1. Letty Alvarez says:

    “1 Peter 1:1–2:10
    Peter wrote of the need for the Saints to grow spiritually in order to receive eternal rewards.

    The promise of salvation is made possible through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. God’s people obtain His mercy and are to become part of His house.”

  2. COurtney Colditz says:

    who is the peter she is talking about and what did he promise??

  3. frumpo says:

    We will see the reasons for our pain on earth when we reach heaven, and when we see the pain of Christ there, we will forget ours.

  4. Stacey says:

    This poem is not at all hard to understand. Its simplicity is beautiful in its own. As a poet myself I take this poem to heart to feel to know what she was writing. To me this poem talks about how we dont have all the answers on earth,and soon we at times become frustrated why we dont know, we dont know everything but as time goes on and we die we come face to face with God at heavens gates and our unanswered question become known and all our anguish, our pain goes away.

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