’T Was Later

POL

’T was later, when the summer went
Than when the cricket came,
And yet we knew that gentle clock
Meant nought but going home.

’T was sooner, when the cricket went
Than when the winter came,
Yet that pathetic pendulum
Keeps esoteric time.

First print Nature XXVI, 26
Johnson 1276 | Franklin 1312

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Adverbial commas (was later, was sooner,) to avoid concern with late or early — summer or crickets.

Poems, first print by Higginson and Todd, page 99;
Google Drive, manuscript fascicles;
Poems one-by-one print and fascicle comparison,
Resource for Emily Dickinson’s poetry.

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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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