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How can one understand Emily Dickinson's poem "It dropped so low--in my Regard"?

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Emily Dickinson's poem beginning with the line "It dropped so low -- in my Regard" is open to a wide variety of interpretations.

One thing we can note is that she juxtaposes concrete objects with abstract concepts. We see this juxtaposition in the very first stanza when she opens with something dropping so low that it hits the ground and shatters into a million pieces "on the Stones." Only concrete objects can hit the ground and shatter on stones. Yet, the reader is left trying to answer the question, what exactly fell? And the answer lies in the fact that her next line refers to an abstract concept rather than a concrete object, showing us the juxtaposition between the concrete and the abstract. Her final line in the first stanza refers to the "bottom of my mind," and a mind, or a person's thoughts, is an abstract concept not a concrete object. Therefore, whatever fell only fell in her mind, not in reality.

In the second stanza, she begins speaking about her reaction to the unknown thing that...

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