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Why do they shut Me out of Heaven? Did I sing too loud? Timid as a Bird! But don't shut the door! Oh, if I were the Gentleman
Could I forbid? Dickinson writes now and again of feeling left out and this poem is a rather blatant example of that. Here, writing as if making a diary entry, the poet refers to herself as a timid bird, a seeker of Heaven, and the little Hand that knocked so patiently and hopefully at the door. Clearly someone has made her feel unwelcome or at least that is the effect the narrator leaves. The feeling isn t uncommon or else I m just a pessimist. I know I ve occasionally realized that my company wasn t desired as much as I might have allowed myself to think. Or I realize that I really did offend so and so the other night. The narrator writes here as if she has someone in particular is in mind--or a household. Look, guys, she begins, "the Angels would give me a second chance to prove I can be a quiet little mouse, and so would that nice Gentleman in the White Robe.


Why can t you? The "they" in the first line might very well refer to the popular Austin/Sue Dickinson household. Loving both Austin and Sue, she might have had her feelings hurt about something. Sue was cooling to her. Perhaps Dickinson wasn't invited one night when a favorite bigwig was invited. And although it's doubtful that the poet sang too loud and that is why she is shut out of heaven, it has been recorded that in the days when Dickinson did attend parties at her brother's house, she was indeed lively and fun. The poem presages one written forty years later by Folger McKinsey (the Bentztown Bard) titled, you guessed it, A Little Knock. This poem is a real tear jerker about a father mourning his dead child and wishing he had answered her little knocking at his study door while she was still alive. "Let me turn in: I won't be bad no more! " Ere from her knocking I could turn away, Ere to her pleading I could answer nay, Or yet refuse to ope and let her in, Who had so little done of guile or sin.


I think I prefer Dickinson s version. Why do they shut me out of Heaven? Language: English Why -- do they shut me out of Heaven? Did I sing -- too loud? But -- I can sing a little minor, Timid as a bird. Wouldn't the angels try me -- just -- once -- more -- Just -- see -- if I troubled them -- But don't -- shut the door! Oh if I -- were the Gentlemen in the White [Robe]1 and they -- were the little Hand -- that knocked -- Could -- I -- forbid? Why do they shut me out of Heaven? Did I sing too loud? Translation(s): by (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in, first published 1929 [ Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, m lodies, (etc. ), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive) by (1900 - 1990), "Why do they shut me out of Heaven? ", 1949-50, published 1951 [voice, piano], from, no. 3. [ by, "Why -- do they shut me out of Heaven", 1999, first performed 2001 [soprano and piano], from, no. 3. [ by (b. 1908), "Poem", 1930, rev. 1972. [medium voice, piano] [ Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable): FRE (Guy Laffaille), title 1: "Pourquoi m'ont-ils ferm la porte du ciel", copyright 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission ITA (Ferdinando Albeggiani), copyright 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission GER (Bertram Kottmann), copyright 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission CAT (Salvador Pila), title 1: "Per quГЕ mвhan tancat les portes del cel? ", copyright 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.


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