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    Hidden pain and woe are repeated themes in Emily Dickinson's poems. Note the two ideas in "A wounded Deer -- Leaps Highest" (poem # 165): the idea of compensation and the idea that we cloak our anguish in outward joy -- and the more apparent the joy, the greater the likelihood of anguish within. Is the argument of the poem opposite of that in "The Though Beneath So Slight a Film" (poem # 210), or is it the same?

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    Since hidden pain and woe are recurrent themes in Dickinson's poems, I interpret the themes in the two poems as contrasted or slightly different. First, "A wounded Deer Leaps Highest" definitely embodies the idea of compensation. Dickinson implies that anguish is often masked in outward joy. She suggests that "A wounded deer leaps ...

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