Women are often faced with the competing demands of work and home. It sings its silent song in the hearts of the men to fill them with spiritual power. Readily set to music, the words are a reminder of the poet's yearning for fulfilment in both creativity and love.
This can be confusing for the reader because of the need to pause and place extra emphasis on certain phrases. Today: Women and minorities no longer write under assumed names unless they so choose, and Emily Dickinson is acclaimed as one of the finest poets America has ever produced.
Altough she lives alone, she becomes someone through her writing. And they beautifully encapsulate what hope is for us all - something that inspires and can make us fly.
Note: - at all - in the first stanza, and -in the Gale - in the second, plus - never - in the final stanza. All agree that as Dickinson turned away from the world she turned toward her poetry.