Bequest

YOU left me sweet, two legacies —
A legacy of love
A Heavenly Father would content,
Had He the offer of;

You left me boundaries of pain
Capacious as the sea,
Between eternity and time,
Your consciousness and me.

First print Love II
J poem 644 | Fr poem 713

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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.

■→Poems, first print by Higginson and Todd, page 44;
Interpretation: Aristotle and Thomas Paine may be of reference (many renditions stay with the ■→Medieval canon as accepted by Thomas Aquinas, where εἰδέναι ὀρέγονται φύσει is presented as natura scire desiderant, and γνωρίζειν rendered with the Latin cognoscere; the poetic context above would be independent). The main problem with Aquinas would be his division into actuality and potentiality: it does not cover human thought; if I really think something, it does not mean I do a thing, as gesticulate; a thought is real, though it is not only a potential (to think), and it is not an act.

Edit: dash alone for thematic development, cf. the Notes too, for The Outlet.

■→Notes for Emily Dickinson’s poetry;
Poems one-by-one print and fascicle comparison,
■→Resource for Emily Dickinson’s poetry;
■→Google Drive, manuscript fascicles.


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