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Surgeons must be very careful Analysis



Author: poem of Emily Dickinson Type: poem Views: 15

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Surgeons must be very careful
When they take the knife!
Underneath their fine incisions
Stirs the Culprit—Life!

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I believe that she wrote this for Thomas Higginson and Samuel Bowles. They were intent on editing her poetry and while doing so, they took some life out of them!

| Posted on 2012-07-30 | by a guest


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Even though surgeon\'s \"fix\" whatever physical problems in life their is a greater meaning to why the problems are their. The only reason we have problems are because of life but the only reason we can solve the problems is because of life. Life is as often the problem as it is the solution.

| Posted on 2011-03-31 | by a guest


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The central idea is that Life is a \"culprit.\" The surgeon operates to solve a problem, reduce pain, cure the patient. But underneath it all, life itself is the culprit. Life is the cause of the disease the wound, etc. as well as the cause of it. So, of course the surgeon must be careful that the knive not slip, or cut in the wrong, way--but just in precisely the right way. Life is ambiguous--both the cause of and the cure for our suffering.

| Posted on 2011-02-14 | by a guest


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Dickinson’s [Surgeons must be very careful], while not explicitly stating it, explores a bit of the same perverseness that Poe wrote about in The Imp of the Perverse. Although there is no temptation of the surgeons stated in the poem, the reader can feel the tenseness of having another’s life so easily quenchable. The reader can feel the perverse notions that Poe wrote about tugging at their mind, and this is all emphasized even more when Dickinson describes Life as “the Culprit.” In only four short lines, a single quatrain, Dickinson is able to convey an entire story that is never told- the perverse compulsion of the surgeon as he cuts open a patient, so easy to kill with only a single slip of the knife.

| Posted on 2007-05-02 | by a guest




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