“I Had Been Hungry, All The Years”



discusses the differences between dreams and reality. Emily Dickinson, the writer, does this by using symbolism and other language throughout the poem. It forms an effective picture despite what the reader chooses as the “Curious Wine”.
In the first stanza Dickinson set the conditions of the dream becoming reality. She uses “hungry” to show an intense want or desire for an unobtainable item. By placing “all the Years” after “hungry” she gives the sense that this isn’t hungry as in I want food for lunch but a longer hunger which has spanned a long time. “Noon” is used to express how her high time had come. The time for her “to dine” or enjoy that which she was hungry for. Her “Trembling” ...

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second stanza it seems she speaks of what she was thinking as she touched the “Curious Wine” “’Twas this on Tables I had seen” tells of how she had seen wealth often, so her hunger was not for the unknown but the inexperienced. “Windows” tells of how she knew the wealth. She saw it but never touched it, she viewed it but never got an inch closer then she was the day before. It wasn’t just the fact that she saw the wealth from the “Windows” but that there was a vast amount of it, shown with the usage of the word “Wealth” which can mean vastness. This seeing of it had made her give up hope. Shown in the lines “I looked in the Windows, for the Wealth I could not hope – for Mine” meaning that she saw but couldn’t even hope for some of her own.
Dickinson had money, how else did she survive, but this poem expresses a want for more of it. In the third stanza she shows that she had some money just a little but still she had some. The “ample Bread” refers to the whole vastness of wealth ...

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