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I measure every Grief I meet

I measure every Grief I meet


by Emily Dickinson

I measure every Grief I meet Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What is the speaker's relationship to grief? What is her relationship to sad people that she meets? Is she the same as them? Different from them?
  2. Why might the speaker "measure" every grief she meets? Does she get anything out of doing it?
  3. Why does the speaker discuss multiple kinds of grief? Are they any different? If so, how so?
  4. Does the poem offer any potential cure for grief? If so, what is it?
  5. What is the role of religion in the poem? Does the poem suggest that religion, devotion or spirituality can be a cure for sadness? How so?

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