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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's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of Cathedral tunes.

This is the Hour of Lead --
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow --
First --Chill --then Stupor --then the letting go --.
What fortitude the Soul contains,
That it can so endure
The accent of a coming Foot--
The opening of a Door.
His Labor is a Chant --
His Idleness --a Tune --
Oh, for a Bee's experience
Of Clovers, and of Noon!
If I shouldn't be alive
When the robins come,
Give the one in red cravat
A memorial crumb.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: c. 1861. poem 258, st. 1.
R: "The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson," no. 341, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.
A: From "The LIFE 101 Quote Book," an internet collection of quotations.
N: "The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson," no. 916, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.

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