From the Chrysalis

POL

My cocoon tightens, colors tease,
I’m feeling for the air;
A dim capacity for wings
Degrades the dress I wear.

A power of butterfly must be
The aptitude to fly;
Meadows of majesty concede
And easy sweep of sky.

So I must baffle at the hint
And cipher at the sign,
And make much blunder, if at last
I take the clew divine.

First print Time and Eternity VI, 6
Johnson 129 | Franklin 142

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Stanza 2 semicolon for thematic delineation; verb agreement, meadows concede, sweep of sky.
Poems, first print by Higginson and Todd, page 115;
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The enclosed piece-by-piece analysis works a criterion to embrace the epsilon, predicate structure, vowel contour, phonemics, person reference in abstract thought, and altogether stylistic coherence. The result supports doubt on fascicle originality. There always is the simple question as well: do we believe Emily Dickinson tried to tell about very exceptional Bees, Ears, or Birds, so peculiar that you write them with capital letters?
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