Papa above!
Regard a Mouse
O’erpowered by the Cat!
Reserve within thy kingdom
A “Mansion” for the Rat!

Snug in seraphic Cupboards
To nibble all the day
While unsuspecting Cycles
Wheel solemnly away!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Papa above!


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  2. frumpo says:

    Just let me be a little mouse in heaven.

  3. Hannah says:

    Emily Dickinson, obviously is not a believer (Christian, Catholic, Jewish etc…) one can notice this by looking into her other work. Emily is refering to herself as a Mouse, but quickly degrades to a Rat. She knows that she isn’t religeous but she wants to go to heaven badly. “Rat” also refers to her as A Sinner, she probably says that because she knows that she herself is a sinner, and that the only way to get to God is to ask him to save her a spot. Simular to her poem “I got so I could take His Name”, Emily states that she has tried to give God a chance but she didn’t feel anything, so she just pretends. But, I think that after living longer she realized that there infact is a God but she doesn’t want to fully except Him in her life so she has to result in Asking Him to save her a spot, so she doesn’t have to go to hell.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    yse, this poem was a good poem.

  5. Angela Dodd says:

    i believe the poem is about god. Dickenson refers us to a mouse or a rat as a humun looking at god above (papa above) and the cat is satan. So, basically the first three lines are saying; Heavinly father look at us humans, overpowered by satan. Also, heaven is thought of in the bible as a kingdom, so on the fourth line dickinson writes reserved within thy kingdom, which in other words means there is a kingdom in heaven waiting for us. Then when she talks about the mice and how they are snug in the cupboards, that is a comfortable place for them, it is home just like heaven will be to us one day. the last three lines means you will be here forever and i will provide whatever you need. And when dickinson says in her last line “wheel solemnly away” she is trying to say like a mouse plays on a wheel you can play here in heaven for eternity.

  6. Kasey says:

    My friends and I are doing a class project for our Humanities class and we need some help! We need to have critics opinions on certain poems and this is one of them. If you would be so kind as to post your opinion on this poem and what it means to you – that would be ever-so-helpful! Thanks so much! Hope you have a peachy day!

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