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neptune
04-20-2011, 06:33 PM
I'm having some difficulties trying to figure out what the Goblin actually stands for ..?


The Soul has Bandaged moments -
When too appalled to stir -
She feels some gastly Fright come up
And stop to look at her -

Salute her - with long fingers-
Caress her freezing hair -
Sip, Goblin, from the very lips
The Lover - hovered - o'er -
Unworthy, that a thought so mean
accost a Theme - so - fair -

I figured that the Goblin could be her sexual desire or of some sort which she has been suppressing during the course of her love life (i.e. The Lover)
But then, I thought she lived in recluse so I can't figure out who might this Lover be?
Also, is the Goblin and the Fright basically the same thing?

Could anyone please help me:angelsad2:?
English is not my first language and I'm studying Emily Dickinson in school :eek:. I find her work really confusing :confused5:

Gladys
05-11-2011, 12:58 AM
Also, is the Goblin and the Fright basically the same thing?

Seems so to me.

"Fright come up" suggests to me an ominous goblin from Hades or Hell, a grim reaper perhaps. In which case, "a thought so mean" may refer to the perennial imminence of death.

"Sip, Goblin, from the very lips | The Lover - hovered - o'er -" connects the goblin, a dire emissary from the grim reaper, with some lover representing the fullness of life. Death parallels life.