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Poetry Friday: That is Solemn We Have Ended by Emily Dickinson

December 28th, 2007 (09:52 am)

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: The Golden Girls score music

That is solemn we have ended,
Be it but a play,
Or a glee among the garrets,
Or a holiday,

Or a leaving home; or later,
Parting with a world
We have understood, for better
Still it be unfurled.

- by Emily Dickinson

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Posted by: kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman)
Posted at: December 28th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
Emily Dickinson

Lovely. I haven't reached this one yet in my collected poems book. Gina had Emily up over at Cuentecitos, too. Your great minds are thinking alike.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 28th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)

Hurrah, Emily!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 29th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
TadMack says:

I had to read this a couple of times and then out loud to get the full meaning. I have to say, it's about how I feel: the solemnity (a tiny letdown) after a play ending, or a holiday, or after leaving home. I'm still puzzling out the end, but I really like this one. I think it's so cool that you're ferreting out her lesser known works.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 29th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
Re: TadMack says:

The last three lines are depressing, but true to a degree. Also, the last word ties in to the play, which is closing this weekend and the reason I chose this piece!

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