Emily Dickenson: One Need Not Be a Chamber to Be Haunted

Topics: Ghost, Interior, Emily Dickinson Pages: 2 (321 words) Published: March 15, 2013
Emily Dickinson : One need not be a chamber to be haunted

One need not be a chamber to be haunted,
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place.

Far safer, of a midnight meeting
External ghost,
Than an interior confronting
That whiter host.

Far safer through an Abbey gallop,
The stones achase,
Than, moonless, one’s own self encounter
In lonesome place.

Ourself, behind ourself concealed,
Should startle most;
Assassin, hid in our apartment,
Be horror’s least.

The prudent carries a revolver,
He bolts the door,
O’erlooking a superior spectre
More near.

first stanza: basically is saying you don't need to be a chamber to be haunted because you carry your own haunted place with you. second stanza: Far safer, of a midnight meeting external ghost = it is safer to see a ghost (physically, externally, on the outside) than to confront the interior, which is your mind. second to last stanza: it is much more dangerous to look inside yourself than looking on the outside. nothing's scarrier than our inner selves.

last stanza: you can't keep out the major intruder which is part of yourself.

Seems like the poem speaks about her mind being haunted.

First stanza- Need not be a house or a chamber to be haunted, it could be even a mind haunted, that has corridors surpassing the substance in her.

Second stanza- The midnight meeting of the external ghost is far safer than the interior (locked in a room ), confronting whiter host ( the poet herself).

Third stanza- Far safer is the other world through the abbey medium than the to encounter one's one own mind in a lonesome moonless place.

Fourth stanza- The herself behind her exterior mask may even startle the assassin hid in her apartment and he will the horror's least.

Fifth stanza- The prudent carries a revolver and gaurds the house, overlooking the greater phantom (poet) is...
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