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    We grow accustomed to the Dark --
    When light is put away --
    As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp
    To witness her Goodbye --

    A Moment -- We uncertain step
    For newness of the night --
    Then -- fit our Vision to the Dark --
    And meet the Road -- erect --

    And so of larger -- Darkness --
    Those Evenings of the Brain --
    When not a Moon disclose a sign --
    Or Star -- come out -- within --

    The Bravest -- grope a little --
    And sometimes hit a Tree
    Directly in the Forehead --
    But as they learn to see --

    Either the Darkness alters --
    Or something in the sight
    Adjusts itself to Midnight --
    And Life steps almost straight.
    someone explain to me what stanza 3 means?
    I gotta paraphrase this thing for a project but dont understand stanze 3.

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    hehehe, erection
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    Darkness of the mind, where there's no light in sight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossco_2004
    someone explain to me what stanza 3 means?
    I gotta paraphrase this thing for a project but dont understand stanze 3.
    It means you are clueless about something.

    Something is given to you which you don't understand. Not a single light(bulb) goes off in your head as to how to understand it.

    It goes on to explain that eventually, with thought, trial and error, we can understand this thing and move forward.
    Last edited by hobbes; 02-27-2005 at 08:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthInsinuate
    hehehe, erection




    thanks snny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes
    It means you are clueless about something.

    Something is given to you which you don't understand. Not a single light(bulb) goes off in your head as to how to understand it.

    It goes on to explain that eventually, with thought, trial and error, we can understand this thing and move forward.
    It could be that.

    Or it might be that the darkness is a metaphor for something else, making the darkness of the brain old age and befuddlement.

    Or it might have something to do with darkness of spirit, like a depression.

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    Overall it is about dealing with something completely new, something we know nothing about and how we adapt to fit this thing into our lives.

    Perhaps the acute and unexpected death of someone we love. We are lost in darkness, but eventually we adapt and move on.

    Snny, I think darkness=ignorance
    Last edited by hobbes; 02-27-2005 at 08:27 PM.

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    darkness = sadness/depression/whatever.
    i just didnt understand the third stanza.

    i think i've got it now.. just gotta think of how to explain it lol.

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    I think the problem with dickinson is that she allows for several interpretations, quite possibly by intention, I've seen it before. I'm not saying you are wrong tho', but I think that your interpretation is only one of several possible. (@hobbes)
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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes
    It means you are clueless about something.

    Something is given to you which you don't understand. Not a single light(bulb) goes off in your head as to how to understand it.

    It goes on to explain that eventually, with thought, trial and error, we can understand this thing and move forward.
    hey, i feel like that all the time erection, hehehe
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