POEMS: A Word Is
||A Word is
In this poem, Emily Dickinson examines the "life" of a
word. First, she discusses how some believe that once a
word is uttered, its importance is no longer necessary.
That is, once it has served its purpose, it is no
longer anything of importance. Whatever the word meant
at the time has disappeared; it now exists only as a
lonely word. Dickinson, however, feels that when a word
is used, its importance and meaning is never lost. She
feels that the emotions and feelings that went into the
words being spoken remain, and that the word's meaning
will forever remain that way. For instance, if someone
were to say "I love you", the words' significance would
not fade out after it was said. The person being told
they were loved would forever remember what the word
meant, and thus, the word would always live.
This poem was written in short, concise lines to
emphasize the importance of each and every word used.
The rhyme scheme of aabcdb also shows importance as the
tiny words that rhyme send tiny shivers through the
reader because of their rhyme.
The main theme of this poem is that words never lose
their meaning once they are spoken. The intentions they
were spoken with remain with the person spoken to as
long as the words are remembered.
Updated on: Saturday, August
29, 1998 03:14:00 AM