Some Unanswered Questions

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            I did not choose a particular quote.  I just tried to grasp the overall idea.  I thought maybe she realized her mortality when it was thrown in her face standing so close to the immortality of nature.  She felt as if she could speak it to anything or anyone which is a natural reaction in the face of death. 



            "Then draw my little letter forth and softly pick the lock."

            I thought maybe the narrator was starting to step slowly towards love as before she locked this up. But the passage following this one lost me. "Then, glancing narrow at the wall, And narrow at the floor, For firm conviction of a mouse Not exorcised before,".  The final passage "Peruse how infinite I am To--no one that you know! And sigh for lack of Heaven, but not The Heaven the creeds bestow" was thought to be trying to get across that no one really knows her and because of this she lack a Heaven on Earth.  I am not sure about the passage in between so I do not have a firm grip in this poem. 


Perhaps the passage in between emphasizes her wanting to keep her secret. She locks the door before she begins to open the letter. She then hears a noise, the mouse, and does not want anything intruding on her letter reading. I think the last passage could even be talking about her inner-happiness, since it is "not the heaven the creeds bestow." Maybe she cannot find happiness, which is why she tries to keep all good things locked up and hidden.

Kayla Lesko said:

VI left me totally lost. However, as for VIII, I got the same impression.

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