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Friday, December 17, 2010

My Introduction to Emily Dickinson

True story:  I was in high school and I had just finished reading the Woody Allen book Without Feathers, so I decided to read the poem that inspired the title.  That was my introduction to Emily Dickinson, and here is that first poem.





"Hope" is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetness - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird 
That keeps so many warm -

I've heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity, 
It asked a crumb - of me.

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