Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My Ancient Norton Anthology: Emily Dickinson

While I’m away teaching at the Converse College Low-Residency MFA program (application deadline February 15!), I thought I’d post some of my favorite lines of poetry that I encountered during college—

From “341,” by Emily Dickinson

This is the Hour of Lead --
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow --
First -- Chill -- then Stupor -- then the letting go –

Read the whole poem here.

Fun fact: I once memorized this poem and always got screwed up on the line just before these, “A Quartz contentment, like a stone--.”


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