As in a sonnet, the rhyme scheme tightens up quite a bit in this final section. In each of the three major sections, the speaker — who addresses herself with a generalizing "you" — is brought to the brink of destruction and then is suddenly spared.
The worlds she strikes as she descends are her past experiences, both those she would want to hold onto and those that burden her with pain. Kibin does not guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of the essays in the library; essay content should not be construed as advice.
In "I had been hungry, all the Years"Emily Dickinson shows one possible result of the kind of upbringing which she described probably an autobiographical exaggeration in "It would have starved a Gnat.
The experience, however, turns out to be a nightmare from which she awakens. The phrase "live so small" converts the idea of spiritual nourishment into the idea of a self compelled to remain unobtrusive, undemanding, and unindividual. The gravedigger, if he heard a bell ringing, would dig up the grave.
She reacts stiffly and numbly — as in other poems — until God forces the satanic torturer to release her. This proportion may at first suggest that pleasure is being sought as a relief from pain, but this idea is unlikely.
Her having rehearsed her anticipations helped her face spring's arrival. A version of this idea appears in Emily Dickinson's four-line poem "A Death blow is a Life blow to Some"whose concise paradox puzzles some readers.