There is a solitude of space
A solitude of sea
A solitude of death, but these
Society shall be
Compared with that profounder site
That polar privacy
A soul admitted to itself —
Finite infinity.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem There is a solitude of space

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  1. Jessica Sutherland says:

    For me, it speaks to the differing feelings of loneliness. To be alone and lonely. One being physical, measurable, accountable. The other being a feeling, an emotion and completely devoid of your physical ‘site’ at times.

  2. Desiree says:

    Emily Dickinson was one of the greatest poets to ever live. She translated her sadness and woe into beautiful, well written art. All who think of her as “lame” or simply just hard to understand cannot truly appriciate her literature, and i feel sorrow for you.

  3. Lara Miller says:

    Emily Dickinson is depicting the world within one’s mind compared with that of reality. In the poem There is a Solitude of Space, she says that the sea, death and space are only solace for those which need others to thrive, such as society for a society consists of many individuals. A profounder sighting, one which would mean more to her, is one where she is the only person, within that interaction, one with itself, one might find the meaning of life, existence and learn self truth. The last line, finite infinity literally means defined endlessness, like that of the mind or the soul, for although one can call it by the english language it is still perpetual.

  4. kevin ingol says:

    There Is a solitude of space

    This poem describes a inner loneliness that puts you in your own world

    like Dickerson decribes as she says “compared with that profounder site that polar

    privacy”. Futermore she depicts something that is always alone has no ending,

    “a soul admitted to itself finite infinity”. People personally could relate to this

    poem if their new to a school or area as Dickerson describes “there is solitude of

    space”. within yourself .

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