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Favourite Poems…………. Emily Dickinson

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My edition is Emily Dickinson, Selected Poems published by Phoenix Poetry

I don’t actually understand a lot of what she’s saying and I don’t really understand why she uses so many dashes…..I just like the sound of the poems.  I have a York Notes to help but most of the poems in the commentary aren’t in my poetry book.  Her poems don’t have titles, just numbers.


I shall keep singing!

Birds will pass me

On their way to Yellower Climes –

Each – with a Robin’s expectation –

I – with my Redbreast –

And my rhymes –

Late – when I take my place in summer –

But – I shall bring a fuller tune –

Vespers – are sweeter that Matins – Signor –

Morning – only the seed of Noon –


I’m Nobody! Who are you?

Are you – Nobody – Too?

Then there’s a pair of us?

Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!

How public – like a Frog –

To tell one’s name – the livelong June –

To an admiring Bog!


I know that He exists.

Somewhere – in Silence –

He has hid his rare life

From our gross eyes.

‘Tis an instant’s play.

‘Tis a fond Ambush –

Just to make Bliss

Earn her own surprise!

But – should the play

Prove piercing earnest –

Should the glee – glaze –

In Death’s – stiff – stare –

Would not the fun

Look too expensive!

Would not the jest –

Have crawled too far!

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3 comments on “Favourite Poems…………. Emily Dickinson

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