Emily Dickinson's Nature Mysticism : A Clickable Poetic Labyrinth|
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|Circuit I - (00) (Preface) The Blunder is in Estimate (J-1684) (F-1690)|
(1) The Blunder is in estimate.
Eternity is there
(2) We say, as of a Station
Meanwhile he is so near
(3) He joins me in my Ramble
Divides abode with me
(4) No friend have I that so persists
As this Eternity.
~ Emily Dickinson
|Commentary adapted from Emily Dickinson's Poems & Letters|
"Travel why to Nature, when she dwells with us? |
Those who lift their hats shall see her as devout do God."
(~ Letter #321 as prose, embeds 3/5 poetry)
to Nature, when she
dwells with us?
Those who lift their hats
shall see her
as devout do God.
~ See ED letter #551: prose embeds poetry |
(L1 and L2 rhyme with L4 and L5)
"Where did you pick arbutus?
In Broadway, I suppose.
They say that God is everywhere, and yet
we always think of Him as
somewhat of a recluse."
"Not any port
not any flight but
he doth there preside |
what omnipresence lies in wait for her to be a bride."
~ (J-1496) (F-1529)
"Instead of getting to Heaven at last,
I'm going all along!"|
~ (J-0324) (F-0236)
"The 'infinite Beauty' of which you speak|
comes too near to seek." ~ (L #319)
"Could you tell me what home is?" ~ (L #342a)|
(ref. question to T. W. Higginson, at Dickinson's home in Amherst)
"Where thou art that is home [....] Degree or|
shame I scarce esteem location's name." ~ (J-0725) (F-0749)
~ See ED letter #399: prose embeds poetry (the form imitating the|
content, and comprised of 6-6-4-1 / 6-6-4-1 syllables [if "every"=3])
"To live is endowment.
It puts me in mind of
in the Revelations
gate was of one
(Biblical ref. Revelations 21:21)
"The only news I know is bulletins all day from immortality.|
The only shows I see tomorrow and today perchance eternity."
~ (J-0827) (F-0820)
(3-4) "Here is a little forest,
whose leaf is ever green;|
here is a brighter garden, where not a frost has been."
~ (J-0002) (F-app. 13-2)
"'Come unto me' begins in every place." ~ (L #536)|
(Biblical ref. Matthew 11:28-30, Sirach 24:13-19)
"Seek friend and see Heaven is shy|
of Earth that's all." ~ (J-0703) (F-0733)
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