So bashful, when I spied her,
So pretty, so ashamed!
So hidden in her leaflets,
Lest anybody find;
So breathless till I passed her,
So helpless when I turned
And bore her, struggling, blushing,
Her simple haunts beyond!
For whom I robbed the dingle,
For whom betrayed the dell,
Many will doubtless ask me,
But I shall never tell!
First print Nature poem XIX, 19
Johnson poem 91 | Franklin poem 70
Non-defining time clause comma, bashful, when; please compare the Resource for Emily Dickinson’s poetry, for manuscript omission on regular punctuation.
Poems, first print by Higginson and Todd, page 91;
Google Drive, manuscript fascicles.
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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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