Winter under cultivation
Is as arable as Spring.

This poem is rather short. Could something this short even be considered a poem. I look at it more of like a quote. Its short and to the point, a poem usually goes into detail but this just uses big words like, “arable”-( capable of being farmed productively ) and “cultivation”-(agriculture) production of food by preparing the land to grow crops. I don’t think this poem has a really deep meaning other than winter and spring are both equally productive seasons. In farming you need an off season for the fields to rest because over farming can ruin the soil, so I think she is saying that even though winter doesn’t bring us benefit its necessary for the spring time for planting.
- BST BST Feb 26, 2008

arable-Able to produce crop and growth

i think that even though that this is a very short poem it has a fair amount of meaning i also think that this could be a never finished poem too, so don;t count that out. i think that the poem is comparing scenery. it seems that dickinson writes alot about what she can see by looking out the window and this could very well be one of them. I think she means that winter can be just as beautiful as spring. Like; when you look at a spring setting and you really take in the colors, it's beautiful, but when you look into a winter scene of trees and maybe a frozen lake it can match the spring. Then again snow was alot better looking back then because they didn;t have cars to make the snow black. All in all this poem is very likable to me and i had to read it a few times to get even what i got.

- GKE GKE Feb 26, 2008

I also look at this as more of a statement or quote as well, however as Gunnar said it has a great amount of meaning that can be talked about immensly. My interpretation of this was instantly the same of GKE. This poem has such a simple meaning you just have to look at it. What Dickinson is saying is that winter is just as nice and great as spring. It thats simple, and it has a big meaning because people look at winter as the "boring" season of the year with the cold weather and not much going on I guess. Spring is just obviously more lively. What Dickinson is saying here is that Winter is a great season, their's nothing wrong with it. Winter has its own setting of nature and so does spring, but typically if someone asked you whats your favorite season, 90% of people would say spring. I think although like blake said this is like a quote, it has a really deep meaning, and surprisingly I was able to come to the understanding of what I just explained pretty easily. This poem definitley made me think, which I enjoyed. - jpu jpu Feb 27, 2008

What if Winter is a metaphor for some aspect of life ... like "Winter in your soul" ...not just literal, actual winter?- brtom brtom Feb 27, 2008

I agree with jpu, we need to look at winter and spring and realize that both of these seasons are very unique in every single way. We can say that winter brings "White Christmas" and spring brings "Spring is in the air". Land is covered with fresh coats of snow all around trees and homes. Spring shows you the beauty of life everywhere when it comes to the growth of plants. Both of these seasons are found favorable to all. But like jpu said I would also probably go with maybe 70 to 75% of people, and I'm a winter fan. This poem or quote is a simple thought or idea that is meant for us to look at it as equally fair to eachother. This is something that would make me ponder about for a while. Think of it this way, it's kind of like a combination of fire and ice or instead of fight fire with fire, fight fire with ice. There're both equally matched and it's undecidable of which one is better, because in this case, they are all beautiful in every way.
- MBu MBu Feb 27, 2008

This poem is the shortest poem I have ever seen! Sometimes I would rather read short poems, but in this case it makes it really difficult to understand the meaning. This poem has two really difficult words....

  • cultivation- act of raising or growing plants
  • arable- land that can produce crops

Both of these words about food and farming which can tell us what the poem is about or is being compared to.
If we look at this poem and read it word for word it is saying that winter can produce crops like spring can. But I dont know if Emily Dickinson is just talking about winter and spring. She is probably comparing something to it. Like most people don't think that we can plant crops in the winter because of the weather. But this poem is kinda telling us that we can, just as easily as we can in spring. So maybe Emily Dickinson is telling us that we shouldn't give up on something because we don't think it is going to work. This poem can give the message to never give up on something.
In the post below me by Br. Tom he says that maybe winter is a metaphor of like our soul. I definitely don't think winter is to be taken literally in this poem. And I agree with him I think that it is a metaphor. If the poem is talking about "winter in our soul" it is probably talking about the hard times we have. And how even if we get upset we shouldn't give up.
- hla hla Feb 27, 2008

I agree with hla in the confusing words! But besides those two words i think the poem talks about a strange year.

Winter under cultivation
Is as arable as Spring.

I think that This is confusing because you can't grow too many crops in the winter unless you are living in a place that iswarm and able to grow crops all year long. LIke hla said this poem probably has something more deeper than the spring and winter. Why stop something because things aren't going to well for you. We stop growing crops in the winter because we are unable to. But what she could be saying is that we shouldn't give up on something because things aren't perfect because most of the time, things aren't going to be exactly the way we want them. We shouldn't give up because of one problem.- ape2 ape2 Feb 28, 2008ape2

This peom is the shortest poem i have ever seen and at first and still i do not think that this is indeed a poem. I could have wrote this there is no detail. I do not know what inspired her to write this but obviously it was a short and to the point like this poem was. This is shorter than most quotes are. I looked up what cultivation was and it said it means culture, arable means fit for croops. This peom is saying thar spring is just as productive as Spring. Without winter spring would not be looked forward to. The soil would never get a break that it needs and the crops would not be as healthy so spring needs winter as much as winter needs spring.
- sSi2 sSi2 Feb 28, 2008

"Winter under cultivation; is as arable as spring."
When i first looked at this couplet, i was actually shocked to know that these two lines were considered a poem. However, within these two lines is a lot of information, but even more meaning. While trying to comprehend the meaning, the thought of beauty within nature kept coming up in my mind. In the season of spring the air is crisp and the temperature cool. The flowers begin to bloom and the birds begin to sing again. All of the beauty we had thought we had lost during the time in the winter months are alive in our lives again. However, what we sometimes forget and do not realize and sometimes end up missing out on is the winter beauty and the many aspects of life present during the winter season. The crystal white snow, and the joy on the young childrens faces. All of the people and these particular things are the winter life. Now, I am able to conclude that this poem is primarily comparing the similarities between these two different seasons. - mje1 mje1 Feb 28, 2008
I thought it was kind of funny, because when I first read this poem I thought thats a sentence! How can one sentence be considered a whole poem?? But I guess its not the length of the poem that matters but more the meaning of it.
Even though its so short there is really a lot to explore in it and to try and figure out what its meaning is. There were two words that I did not understand the first was cultivation which means growing crops and the second word was arable which means fertile or land that can grow plants. Then I began to look for what it could be saying. I took it for exactly what it said that maybe winter is almost stereotyped into being a season that no one likes just because its cold, animals are hibernating, and most things won't grow then. But who says this is a bad thing? Some people may find winter to be the best season of them all. If everyone hated winter why would people be living in areas like Alaska or why would we have sports like snowboarding and skiing. Then spring is looked at as a wonderful season where the temperature begins rising again, and flowers start to grow. So I found it to say that winter can be looked at as just a great season as spring.
- VRo VRo Mar 3, 2008