Refuge

POL

The clouds their backs together laid,
The north begun to push,
The forests galloped till they fell,
The lightning skipped like mice;
The thunder crumbled like stuff —
How good to be safe in tombs,
Where nature’s temper cannot reach,
Nor vengeance ever comes!

First print Time and Eternity XVI, 16
Johnson 1172 | Franklin 1246

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Word shape “stuff” alone, rather than a phrase as a stuff: there was not, and there still is no such poetic use.
Poems, first print by Higginson and Todd, page 125;
Google Drive, manuscript fascicles;
Poems one-by-one print and fascicle comparison,
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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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