A Day! Help! Help! Another Day!
Your prayers, oh Passer by!
From such a common ball as this
Might date a Victory!
From marshallings as simple
The flags of nations swang.
Steady — my soul: What issues
Upon thine arrow hang!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem A Day! Help! Help! Another Day!

3 Comments

  1. Danina says:

    Lol. I laugh because before I saw the comment above by Emily Hughes (2005) ;I had pretty much the same exact thoughts. Roughly 14 years later. Regarding Monday’s & today’s political climate. Main difference, my thoughts turned to the U.S. Our “president” . Emily Dickinson rings true 2005-2019 as true as her words rang the moment they were fresh on the page over century ago.
    It is quite astonishing to think of her sitting, so cut off, I imagine feeling irrelevant, un-empowered, sure her poems would die with her. Obtaining the obscurity she saw as a definite when her death came.
    She maybe at the top of my list of dead people i would love to spend an evening with. NYC no doubt. I would go bar hoping with her.Girl talk. If she could only see it now. Wemon’s lib. Gay rights. Her influence in literature. How she was in no way obscure, to be forgotten. Can you imagine her taking that in? Sad, she had no idea. How could she. How lucky are we that she exsisted?
    If she were not ahead of her time, we would be missing out now. But boy oh boy, was that girl born way too soon. Who knows what her genius would have accomplished today. Perhaps her footprint would be different but larger & reach further, in ways we can never begin to imagine. She’s a marvel.

  2. Emily Hughes says:

    This is a really powerful poem. i feel this way about the war in Afganastain. This is also the way I feel on mondays!

  3. Duct Tape Gitl says:

    the information about the poem states the poem was written/published in 1955.if this is true then it was not written by emily dickenson. it is possable in my oppinion that the poem was not found untill 1955. In this case it is possable that miss emily wrote this in a time of tragety. so by saying your prayers oh passer by she probably is saying that she needs a shoulder to cry on. As with all of miss emily’s poems there is usually another meaning. if anyone finds another meaning please email me i would love to know any hidden/ obvious meanings

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