A Little Road Not Made of Man

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A little road not made of man,
Enabled of the eye,
Accessible to thill of bee,
Or cart of butterfly.

If town it have, beyond itself,
’T is that I cannot say;
I only sigh — no vehicle
Bears me along that way.

First print Nature X, 10
Johnson 647 | Franklin 758

Text compared with print by Thomas Johnson, as there is no image available from Emily Dickinson Archive; prepared for publication by Teresa Pelka, available under any of the following licenses: Creative Commons License 4.0, BY-SA 3.0, and License 2.5.

Stanza 2, dash alone for thematic development, cf. Notes, for The Outlet.
Poems, first print by Higginson and Todd, page 80;
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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