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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.
There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry.

Till it has loved, no man or woman can become itself.
We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise.
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies.
To live is so startling, it leaves little time for anything else.
The distance that the dead have gone
Does not at first appear --
Their coming back seems possible
For many an ardent year.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter, 1885; in "Letters of Emily Dickinson," ed. Mabel Loomis Todd, 1894.
R: Letter, 187?; in "Letters of Emily Dickinson," ed. Mabel Loomis Todd, 1894.
A: In "The Book of Success," ed. Richard Shea, 1993.
N: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
K: "The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson," no. 1742, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.

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