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    Default Need help to interpret the Emily Dickinson's work.

    I dwell in Possibility--
    A fairer House than Prose--
    More numerous of Windows--
    Superior--for Doors--

    Of Chambers as the Cedars--
    Impregnable of Eye--
    And for an Everlasting Roof
    The Gambrels of the Sky--

    Of Visitors--the fairest--
    For Occupation--This--
    The spreading wide my narrow Hands
    To gather Paradise--



    Anyone can help me explain the above poem in easy (and concise) English? Try to search from the net but after reading many interpretations, it is getting worse!!

    Thanks a million!!!

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    Here's my take on the first stanza.

    I dwell in Possibility--
    A fairer House than Prose--
    More numerous of Windows--
    Superior--for Doors--

    Possibility has many paths and routes, unlike the prosaic- by living in the world of possibility, she has more choice.

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    Default Re: Need help to interpret the Emily Dickinson's work.

    Quote Originally Posted by beeja
    I dwell in Possibility--
    A fairer House than Prose--
    More numerous of Windows--
    Superior--for Doors--

    Of Chambers as the Cedars--
    Impregnable of Eye--
    And for an Everlasting Roof
    The Gambrels of the Sky--

    Of Visitors--the fairest--
    For Occupation--This--
    The spreading wide my narrow Hands
    To gather Paradise--



    Anyone can help me explain the above poem in easy (and concise) English? Try to search from the net but after reading many interpretations, it is getting worse!!

    Thanks a million!!!
    Here's a wonderful site:

    http://itech.fgcu.edu/faculty/wohlpa...dwell.htm#Poem

    Early nineteenth-century American society, through beliefs such as the Cult of True Womanhood, emphasized and upheld specific gender roles that restricted women to the private sphere, while allowing men to explore the public world. This of course raised the question: through what channel or opportunity were women of this era able to seek their own identity or connection to community? Emily Dickinson addresses this issue quite specifically in her poem "I dwell in Possibility" where she suggests, rather ironically, that this channel or opportunity can only be sought in the very same closed space of the "private" room that women were restricted to. More specifically, Dickinson suggests in the poem that the closed space of the private room will allow a freedom that fosters the creation of poetry.
    Source Public vs Private: Opportunity and Gender in Emily Dickinson's "I dwell in Possibility" by Kathi M. Taliercio

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Here's my take on the first stanza.

    I dwell in Possibility--
    A fairer House than Prose--
    More numerous of Windows--
    Superior--for Doors--

    Possibility has many paths and routes, unlike the prosaic- by living in the world of possibility, she has more choice.
    That's so beautiful :)

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