Thursday, October 25, 2018

"I like a look of Agony" by Emily Dickinson

I like a look of Agony,
Because I know it’s true -
Men do not sham Convulsion,
Nor simulate, a Throe -

The eyes glaze once - and that is Death -
Impossible to feign
The Beads opon the Forehead
By homely Anguish strung.

Source of the text - The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition, edited by Ralph W. Franklin. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998, p. 152.

TJB: No faking. At her most hymnalistical, & sounding like Holden Caulfield, the poet dismounts with an image of “anguish” with a beading-needle.

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