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Be inspired by these Emily Dickinson poems. Most of her work was not published until after she had died. Her younger sister, Lavinia, Dickinson discovered her collection of poems after her Emily's death. Her poems have made her one of America's greatest poets but she would have never realized that.

She was born on December 10, 1830 in Massachusetts, USA, and died on May 15, 1886. She never married and lived a secluded life.

But her poems are still read and enjoyed by many today.

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson Poems



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  1. The Inevitable
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    While I was fearing it, it came,
    But came with less of fear,
    Because that fearing it so long
    Had almost made it dear.
    There is a fitting a dismay,
    A fitting a despair.
    ‘Tis harder knowing it is due,
    Than knowing it is here.
    The trying on the utmost,
    The morning it is new,
    Is terribler than wearing it
    A whole existence through.


  2. Poems Of Encouragement
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  3. New Feet Within My Garden Go
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    New feet within my garden go,
    New fingers stir the sod;
    A troubadour upon the elm
    Betrays the solitude.

    New children play upon the green,
    New weary sleep below;
    And still the pensive spring returns,
    And still the punctual snow!


  4. GArden Poems
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  5. Parting
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    My life closed twice before its close;
    It yet remains to see
    If Immortality unveil
    A third event to me.

    So huge, so hopeless to conceive,
    As these that twice befell;
    Parting is all we know of heaven,
    And all we need of hell.


  6. Poems About Life
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  7. I Shall Know Why, When Time Is Over
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    I shall know why, when time is over,
    And I have ceased to wonder why;
    Christ will explain each separate anguish
    In the fair schoolroom of the sky.

    He will tell me what Peter promised,
    And I, for wonder at his woe,
    I shall forget the drop of anguish
    That scalds me now, that scalds me now.


  8. Christian Poems
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  9. A Book
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    There is no frigate like a book
    To take us lands away,
    Nor any coursers like a page
    Of prancing poetry.
    This traverse may the poorest take
    Without oppress of toll;
    How frugal is the chariot
    That bears a human soul!


  10. Poems About Books
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  11. Joy In Death
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    If tolling bell I ask the cause.
    ‘A soul has gone to God,’
    I’m answered in a lonesome tone;
    Is heaven then so sad?

    That bells should joyful ring to tell
    A soul had gone to heaven,
    Would seem to me the proper way
    A good news should be given.


  12. Heaven Poems
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  13. Thanksgiving Day
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    One day is there of the series
    Termed Thanksgiving day,
    Celebrated part at table,
    Part in memory.

    Neither patriarch nor pussy,
    I dissect the play;
    Seems it, to my hooded thinking,
    Reflex holiday.

    Had there been no sharp subtraction
    From the early sum,
    Not an acre or a caption
    Where was once a room,

    Not a mention, whose small pebble
    Wrinkled any bay,
    Unto such, were such assembly,
    ‘Twere Thanksgiving day.


  14. Thanksgiving Poems
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  15. Hope
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    Hope is a subtle glutton;
    He feeds upon the fair;
    And yet, inspected closely,
    What abstinence is there!

    His is the halcyon table
    That never seats but one,
    And whatsoever is consumed
    The same amounts remain.


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  17. Heaven Is What I Cannot Reach!
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    Heaven is what I cannot reach!
    The apple on the tree,
    Provided it do hopeless hang,
    That ‘heaven’ is, to me.

    The color on the cruising cloud,
    The interdicted ground
    Behind the hill, the house behind,
    There Paradise is found!


  18. Poems About Home
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  19. Good-Night
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    As children bid the guest good-night,
    And then reluctant turn,
    My flowers raise their pretty lips,
    Then put their nightgowns on.

    As children caper when they wake,
    Merry that it is morn,
    My flowers from a hundred cribs
    Will peep, and prance again.


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  21. The Wind
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    It’s like the light,
    A fashionless delight
    It’s like the bee,
    A dateless melody.

    It’s like the woods,
    Private like breeze,
    Phraseless, yet it stirs
    The proudest trees.

    It’s like the morning,
    Best when it’s done,
    The everlasting clocks
    Chime noon.


  22. Poems About The Wind
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  23. A Light Exists In Spring
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    A light exists in spring
    Not present on the year
    At any other period.
    When March is scarcely here

    A color stands abroad
    On solitary hills
    That science cannot overtake,
    But human nature feels.

    It waits upon the lawn;
    It shows the furthest tree
    Upon the furthest slope we know;
    It almost speaks to me.

    Then, as horizons step,
    Or noons report away,
    Without the formula of sound,
    It passes, and we stay:

    A quality of loss
    Affecting our content,
    As trade had suddenly encroached
    Upon a sacrament.


  24. Spring Poems
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  25. Choice
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    Of all the souls that stand create
    I have elected one.
    When sense from spirit flies away,
    And subterfuge is done;

    When that which is and that which was
    Apart, intrinsic, stand.
    And this brief tragedy of flesh
    Is shifted like a sand;

    When figures show their royal front
    And mists are carved away,
    Behold the atom I preferred
    To all the lists of clay!


  26. Life Choices
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  27. Summer Shower
    Poet: Emily Dickinson


    A drop fell on the apple tree,
    Another on the roof;
    A half a dozen kissed the eaves,
    And made the gables laugh.

    A few went out to help the brook,
    That went to help the sea.
    Myself conjectured, Were they pearls,
    What necklaces could be!

    The dust replaced in hoisted roads,
    The birds jocoser sung;
    The sunshine threw his hat away,
    The orchards spangles hung.

    The breezes brought dejected lutes,
    And bathed them in the glee;
    The East put out a single flag,
    And signed the fete away.


  28. Poems About Rain
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