Thursday, October 20, 2005

Week 4 Poem 1

Part Four: Time and Eternity LXVII
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!
’T is 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!

The poem in a way mocks society and the world on how easily once someone dies, they will cease to ever exist. It talks about if she were to die today, everything in the world will continue to go on without her. It makes it seem a little lonely. The first half just explains how things in life will just move on without noticing that she has died, and how her reader will also continue to move on without thought of her death. The morning will come and the noon will continue to pass. It makes death seem light, and that nothing will change once one person dies. It mocks how people live their lives to be extravagant but end up dying and being put aside. The second part of the poem has a change in tone. It seems almost surpise on how things go on. And then it accepts what happens and finds the optimism in dying. "Soul Serene" Some of the words create a very calm and accepting mood to make it seem very placid. Tranquil only adds to the already peaceful death that people will go through. But the last two lines make the picture complete. It makes the whole poem seem to be an orchestra where there are men who conduct what is going on. And life sometimes seem like that, though one side has died and disappeared, the rest of the orchestra will go on and continue to play the melody.


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