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I measure every Grief I meet Summary & Analysis
by Emily Dickinson

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"I measure every Grief I meet," one of Emily Dickinson's longest poems, is a meditation on the nature of grief. The poem's speaker finds herself searching other people's grief for similarities to her own. She wonders about the weight, or difficulty, of other people's pain, and whether such pain ever subsides. Knowing that someone out there might suffer as she does provides some comfort, making her feel less alone. The first known manuscript in which the poem appeared is dated 1862; like most of Dickinson's poems, it was published posthumously.

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