An Hour is a Sea
Between a few, and me —
With them would Harbor be —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem An Hour is a Sea


  1. Anjali. says:

    This poem makes me think about my friends and their attempt at being there for me emotionally. They possibly can never understand completely of what I’ve been through and hence every now and then it feels like I’m lost. “An Hour is a Sea” That 1 hour that I rekindle the old cranky memories of the dark times. That hour feels intimidating, endless, highly scary and vast just like the sea.
    “Between a few and me” the only few I feel close enough to see me at that vulnerable place in that hour or pure chaos.
    “With them would Harbor be” They are the ones to bring me back to my senses and help me calm myself and bring me back to the shore.

  2. rike says:

    An Hour is a Sea
    Between a few, and me —
    With them would Harbor be —

    it is a very short poem but brings me a high touch.
    a sea is wide and deep and mysterious… that’s me, in one hour i can do anything especially sailing in my sea of idea and thoughts… that will separate me from others, that will differentiate from others who do different things in the same hour… that differentiate me from those who don’t do anything… that will differentiate me –a thinker or emily the poet– from anybody else

    and when that one hour passes and i stop thinking, i meet them again, i do the same things as others do… as normal people–not as a poet or thinker anymore…

    an hour can be a very wide see, a very deep sea that brings me away from others. and i want my one hour of sea to be the most precious and beautiful time i have in life

    thanks emily 🙂

  3. David Hon says:

    I think that she is talking about how an hour can go on forever like a vast sea, and that in turn leads to how this harbors her, and how she is commpletly okay with this fact.

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