The Wife

POL

She rose to his requirement, dropped
The playthings of her life
To take the honorable work
Of woman and of wife.

If aught she missed in her new day
Of amplitude, or awe,
Or first prospective, or the gold
In using wore away —
It lay unmentioned, as the sea
Develops pearl and weed,
But only to himself is known
The fathoms they abide.

First print Love poem XVII, 17
Johnson poem 732 | Franklin poem 857

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Fascicle copy: in using wear away; first print: in using wore away, stanza break at the phrase. First print wore preserved, em dash to join the stanzas into expanded, flowing description.
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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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