Sunday Poetry – Emily Dickinson

The website Interesting Literature featured their list of ten of the best poems by Emily Dickinson. I’d agree with all of them, although choosing only ten is very difficult. My own favourite isn’t there. It’s no 1142 in The Complete Poems, The Props assist the House.

I think I’ve posted that poem before so I’ve chosen one of Interesting Literature’s list. I remember hearing Jane Alexander read this poem in a documentary about Dickinson many years ago & I’ve never forgotten it.

This World is not Conclusion.
A Species stands beyond –
Invisible, as Music –
But positive, as Sound –
It beckons, and it baffles –
Philosophy, dont know –
And through a Riddle, at the last –
Sagacity, must go –
To guess it, puzzles scholars –
To gain it, Men have borne
Contempt of Generations
And Crucifixion, shown –
Faith slips – and laughs, and rallies –
Blushes, if any see –
Plucks at a twig of Evidence –
And asks a Vane, the way –
Much Gesture, from the Pulpit –
Strong Hallelujahs roll –
Narcotics cannot still the Tooth
That nibbles at the soul –

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