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Death is the supple Suitor Analysis



Author: Poetry of Emily Dickinson Type: Poetry Views: 29276

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Death is the supple Suitor

That wins at last-

It is a stealthy Wooing

Conducted first

By pallid innuendoes

And dim approach

But brave at last with Bugles

And a bisected Coach

It bears away in triumph

To Troth unknown

And Kindred as responsive

As Porcelain.





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This poem basically means that death is something that is untouchable and quiet but will eventually conquer us all. It starts with “pallid innuendoes” or signs that we are dying such as aging or sickness or other subtle things but then eventually becomes less and less subtle until it is obvious that the person is on their way out. It always wins because eventually we all have to die. The author does not know where people go after they die which she expresses when she states “To Troth Unknown” but expresses that the soul will be “kindred and responsive as porcelain” meaning that after a person dies they become related to everyone else, basically the idea that we all become one. Porcelain is a delicate material, so although not all people are related in life, they are all but related in death, only with the separated by the barrier that they were not related in life, which is as thin and breakable as porcelain.

| Posted on 2010-08-19 | by a guest


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porcelain is not toilets.... lol.
its referring to how shes like a ghost
dead

| Posted on 2009-12-22 | by a guest


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I'll try I guess...


Death is the supple Suitor
That wins at last-

Supple could mean flexible, or it can mean smooth

"A nebulous tasting term most often associated with young, potentially long-lived reds, that implies pleasing texture and good structure with tannins that are not overbearing."

www.fogwells.com/webworks/glossary/r-s.html

Maybe she means like wine... smooth not overbearing... Suitor because it's always with you, degenerating slowly. We're all in a constant state of dying, until death do us part. We have to live with it's effects, good and bad, like a suitor.


It is a stealthy Wooing
Conducted first
By pallid innuendoes

Pallid innuendos,stealthy Wooing, meaning a very slow subtle changes that something is different.

And dim approach
But brave at last with Bugles
And a bisected Coach
It bears away in triumph

Once aging has slowly broken away at the person, it quickly elevates its grasp and the person becomes very aware they are degenerating and coming much closer to death.

To Troth unknown
And Kindred as responsive
As Porcelain.

A troth is a mutual promise to marry.

I dont know what the last two lines means, but generally porcelain in my mind is refered to toilets. It's probably some kind of joke implying the relationship is crap. It might be a joke more understandable in the time she was in.

| Posted on 2006-06-06 | by Elevate




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