I never say a moor

I never say a moor

Analysis of “I never say a moor” by Emily DickinsonI never saw a moor is a short poem of only two quatrain stanzas. It is Emily Dickinsons well thought out approach to try and explain a difficult religious belief.

The first stanza states that even though the poet has never seen a moor (l. 1) (old English for mountain or uncultivated upland) and never seen a sea before she knows about their existence. She announces that even without seeing the moor she knows what is looks like Yet know I how the heater looks (l. 3-4) and without seeing the sea she has knowledge of what it is And what a wave must be (l. 4). Basically stating that just because something cannot doesnt mean it doesnt exist.

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In the second and last stanza the speaker states that even though she never spoke with God (l. 5), nor visitedheaven, just as the “moor” or “the sea”, she is just as certain they exist. Using this logical theory, she uses it to explain her certainty of God’s existence demostrated in “Yet certain am I of the spot/As if the chart were given.”

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