Apocalypse

PL

I’m wife; I’ve finished that,
That other state;
I’m Czar, I’m woman now:
It’s safer so.

How odd the girl’s life looks
Behind this soft eclipse!
I think that Earth seems so
To those in Heaven now.

This being comfort, then
That other kind was pain;
But why compare?
I’m wife! stop there!

First print Love, poem XVI, 16
Johnson 199 | Franklin 225

Text compared with the fascicle and 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.

The fascicle word shape “folks” rejected as too colloquial, with regard to Emily Dickinson’s style generally; the verb to seem preserved from the first print, to get along with the verb to look better than the fascicle suggested to feel. The nouns Heaven and Earth capitalized.
Poems, print by Higginson and Todd, page 63;
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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