Whether my bark went down at sea —
Whether she met with gales —
Whether to isles enchanted
She bent her docile sails —

By what mystic mooring
She is held today —
This is the errand of the eye
Out upon the Bay.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Whether my bark went down at sea

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  1. Shimon Weinroth says:

    Not once but thrice Dickinson uses the lexical term whetherfull knowing the ambiguity embedded.On the ontological level meaning choice between alternatives.
    On the theological and philosophical level she feels herself compelled to Doubt; “Enchanted isles, gales,mysticmoorings”.She believes universal schooling will help to curb our evil instincts, “This is the errand of the eye, out upon the bay”
    Enhancing this concept I would say


    Doubt starts with beliefs
    There must be more
    Than we can see
    Around or beyond
    Inciting imaginations that spur

    So much depends on knowing

    Believing is another story
    Doubting what we know (whether}

    search for more than greets the eye

    Shimon Weinroth

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