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The poem I had been hungry all the years by Emily Dickinson explores the personas change of attitude towards food This poem can be taken literally or metaphorically and I have chosen to understand it literally From the beginning of the poem the persona informs us that she assuming the persona is a girl has not eaten fully for quite a while all the years However now it is time for her to eat - at noon She takes a rather tentative approach to the table possibly because she is scared that this room that holds the food is too good to be true Scared that if she might make a sudden move this room might disappear Other possibilities to why shes trembling might be the anticipation of actually eating the food or the fact that shes so hungry that shes physically trembling Either way she touches the wine glass cautiously giving me an impression that she hasnt seen wine before curious In the second stanza the persona tells us her thoughts on food She looks through windows at the tables of food whenever shes turning hungry lone Wealth in this poem means two things one being material wealth such as mansion furniture and money The other is food Looking through a window from the outside food to her is wealth From this I deduced that the persona is extremely poor to be out on the streets - a homeless person The third stanza supports the assumption I made in the previous paragraph shared in Natures dining-room Natures dining-room is the outside world of the streets where homeless people eat and sleep Ample bread is so foreign to her that she is in awe and wonder of how large the bread is The amount of food she eats is of a crumb similar to the way birds eat - pecking at crumbs on the ground This fourth stanza is where the
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