Sunday, November 06, 2005

If I should Die by Emily Dickinson

If I Should Die by Emily Dickinson

If I should die,
And you should live --
And time should gurgle on --
And morn should beam --
And noon should burn --
As it has usual done --
If Birds should build as early
And Bees as bustling go --
One might depart at option
From enterprise below!
'Tis sweet to know that stocks will stand
When we with Daisies lie --
That Commerce will continue --
And Trades as briskly fly --
It makes the parting tranquil
And keeps the soul serene --
That gentlemen so sprightly
Conduct the pleasing scene!

This poem, I believe is a poem to wich everyone can relate to. It is about something that everyone will encounter sonner or later at the end of their life. This is death, the unescapable fact of our existence. Personally, as most people I have wondered about what would happend after I die. In this poem Emily Dickinson asks herself this question. The speaker seems to be worried about dying and about what they would be leaving behind. Im not sure who she is refering to with "you", but she seems to be worried and a bit sad about leaving this person behind. This "you" probably refers to the people she loves including maybe family. Emily Dickinson lists different things that are representative about life, things that most peole simply take for granted. Yet , when you may be in the face of death, such things become very meaningful beacause ypu feel that this are the things that you will miss. Yet, at the same time it makes the speaker feel calm to know that the world will continue to fuction and continue on after dying. It seems that she wishes that she didn't have to die and she tries to calm herself down just a little by looking at death as not the end but only a step in the process of life. This makes departing easier and gives it more sense.

3 Comments:

Blogger Sevanna Isanians said...

This poem is not a poem of death more than a poem of accepting what is the come after we die. It is also a poem of peaceful death, as you mentioned in your response.

6:43 PM  
Blogger John Park said...

This poem makes death seem like it is something casual and should be accepted without mourning. It's hard to agree with the subject, but it is interesting because it provides an alternative perspective of death.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Jo Colu said...

this poem as you've mentioned is a poem about death. this poem is telling those she love that if she were to die before they do that they should not dread it because it is a part of nature. the poem is telling the person to accept it though it may seem hard to "conduct a pleasing scene!" rather then make one to remind others that she will be physically gone, but implying that she will be with them protecting them and keeping "the soul serene."-16yrd

4:23 PM  

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