Some say goodnight — at night —
I say goodnight by day —
Good-bye — the Going utter me —
Goodnight, I still reply —

For parting, that is night,
And presence, simply dawn —
Itself, the purple on the height
Denominated morn.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Some say goodnight — at night —


  1. Cec says:

    This really shows how depressed she was

  2. Rob says:

    This poem really shows how lonely of a life Emily Dickinson lived. The fact that when people left her, it was such a terrible thing that it seemed like night was on her in the middle of daylight. However, when people were there to be with her, it was light a beautiful sunrise, bringing the joy and hope the sun brings with it.

  3. Dhara says:

    This poem is vry confusing!!!!!! is it sad or is it happy? ummmmmmmm

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