Unto a broken heart
No other one may go
Without the high prerogative
Itself hath suffered too.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Unto a broken heart

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  1. thomas says:

    What the poem means by her is only for a select few of us to understand complely in its most exteme from and condition…

    You cannot imagine the overwhelming and all consuming grief, sadness, lonliness, anger, fear, depression and utter despondency that attaches it’s punishing emotional grip while it sentences you to live in the despair of his/her absence and/or in the shadow of another man/woman’s sexual pleasures, until you have been personally through this living hell yourself.

    What she says about herself…

    Just by writing the poem confirms Emily having passed this way before, at least once, or she could not have written this poem in the first place.

    Understanding the poem means having lived the poem and only those who can admit to the experience are the only ones that can understand the extreme emotion in its meaning.

    Because the answer is the poem itself and only those who have suffered the experience can understand her meaning, it then leaves all of you who have not been there, but think you get it or understand it, living a lie…you do not get it at all.

    You will never understand how this kind of boxed up emotion can hurt you physically as well as mentally…this is beyond nausea or butterflies and at the slightest reference weeks later can trigger these intellecturally daunting and physically incapacitating waves of emotion that can drive you to what you are completely convinced of as being a never ending state of dispair and grief.

    But that’s the last and most important reason why, if you have not experienced this, you cannot understand it.

    The truth is that it all goes away over time…well 98% of it…you do begin a new life and you are not destined for despair ad infintum…but you will not believe this for one moment while you are suffering through it…so once again…it’s only the been there, done that crew who understand the full 360 degrees of this life adventure.

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