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"Was God so economical?"
("Victory comes late," line 7)

I love the placement of this line. It is so sudden, so harsh sounding. It really turns the tone of the poem sour and bitter from its previously lamenting sound. It resonates with Dickinson's criticism's of God. She goes on, saying "God keeps his oath to sparrows / who of little love / know how to starve!" God's table is "too high for us." She seems to feel that this God is not so benevolent at all; he only shows us the joy we could feel, but all we get are "crumbs."

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL150/2008/dickinson.php

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