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Emily Dickinson
(1830-1886) born on
Dec 10
US poet. She was a reclusive stylist who combined spare lyricism with unorthodox diction.
The brain is wider than the sky;
For put them side by side
The one the other will contain with ease -
And you beside.

To make a prairie
It takes clover and one bee
One clover, and a bee, and revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
A word is dead when it is said, some say.
I say it just begins to live that day.
Nature is what we know -
Yet have not art to say -
So impotent our wisdom is
To her simplicity.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson," no. 632, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.
R: In "Poems, Third Series," 1896.
A: In "Letters of Emily Dickinson, ed. Mabel Loomis Todd, 1894.
N: "Untitled Poem, No. 668."
K: 1861; "Poems, Second Series," 1891.

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