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I never saw a Moor- Analysis



Author: Poetry of Emily Dickinson Type: Poetry Views: 1220

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I never saw a Moor-

I never saw the Sea-

Yet know I how the Heather looks

And what a Billow be.I never spoke with God

Nor visited in Heaven-

Yet certain am I of the spot

As if the Checks were given-





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It is my opinion on the poem itself, it seems to me that this would have been written in Emily's diary. Because of her history of being in her bubble for 26 years, it looks like she was more into convincing herself that all things described in her poem existed and I believe that was the intension. We take it and analyze it and are on assumptions that she was trying to show the reader logic. Of course the interpretation is accurate in the sense of nature and religion. But, its more of an argumentative state whereas to convince herself and if anyone read the poem for sake of logic, side with her. Oh, one more thing, to the individual who mentioned dumb, what was inspiring and logical did you write on this webpage, "NOTHING" so what does that make you????

| Posted on 2017-03-01 | by a guest


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wow never seen so many dumb explanations on one page in my life.

| Posted on 2014-03-17 | by a guest


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it means nature and how she relates to god as a being

| Posted on 2011-03-22 | by a guest


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Freat explanation, Approved Guest 2005!!!
i totally get it

| Posted on 2011-02-26 | by a guest


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She uses comparisons to nature and how she \"never saw\" things because she did not leave her house after age 26. She also decided she would only dress in white.

| Posted on 2011-02-08 | by a guest


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I would also add that it is no coincidence that she uses an example of nature. Nature being more direct connection to God. It is beauty, the place for all living creatures, created by God himself - even before humans. Therefore, God and heaven are just as real as the moors and waves.

| Posted on 2010-12-14 | by a guest


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In her poem “I Never Saw a Moor” Emily Dickinson uses a comparison to explain her religious beliefs. She says in the first two lines of the poem that she has never seen a moor, and she has never seen the see. In the following two lines she says that she knows that both exists, and she knows “how the heather looks,/ And what a wave must be.” This first stanza essentially states the old axiom that “just because you have never seen a thing does not mean it does not exist.” Having laid that foundation, Dickinson goes on to say in her second stanza that she has never spoken with God and that she has never seen heaven. She then says that she is as certain that heaven exists as if she had a map with heaven on it. The logic of the first stanza prepared the reader for the assertion of her belief Dickinson makes in the second stanza. In other words, the poem is a type of syllogism. The first stanza makes an assumption most reasonable people would make on the basis of logic. Dickinson then intends to show the reader that her belief in God and heaven are equally logical to reasonable people. People who have never seen the ocean are willing to assume that waves exist and believe that they know what waves look like. Therefore, the poem asserts, it is logical that Dickinson should not only reasonable believe in God and heaven, but it is also reasonable for her to believe that she knows what the voice of God sounds like and what heaven looks like. She is able to believe in heaven in a manner as concrete as those who have never seen the sea are able to believe in waves. She also has enough reasonable information from various sources, such as the Bible, to imagine what heaven and God are like just as she is able to infer the appearance of heather and waves from second-hand information.

| Posted on 2005-05-12 | by Approved Guest




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