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Emily Dickinson


The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on.

This poem is in the public domain.



Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) is considered a major American poet, though she was not accorded this honor until well after her death, when her younger sister discovered and began to share the enormous body of work that Emily left behind. A recluse who almost always wore white, Emily was born to a prominent Massachusetts family and spent the bulk of her life inside her home in Amherst. Only seven of her poems were published during her lifetime, and virtually none were published as originally written until the mid 1950s. (Emily’s odd punctuation, capitalization, and formatting did not meet with standard publishing  “approval” for earlier editions.)  There is a whimsical nature to many of her poems, although the subject of death was the most frequent recurring theme.


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I wish I could have caught a glimpse of Emily, opening the door to a suitor but closing it, saying, "I have other work to do," or perhaps a shot of her carrying a basket of cookies to a family. An excellent movie about her was produce in 2015, "A Quiet Passion," is the title. It is well worth the price of a ticket (or a "click" on Netflix.)
Posted 10/26/2023 02:34 PM
Wilda Morris:
One of my favorites!
Posted 10/26/2023 11:19 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love Emily Dickinson because she shows us how to write uplifting poems with metaphors and rhyme that sounds musical but not sing songy. This poem turns autumn into a fashion show. My favorite line is: The rose is out of town.
Posted 10/26/2023 10:51 AM
Such a turn in the personal in the concluding couplet; so unexpected; so right.
Posted 10/26/2023 09:34 AM
She never disappoints!
Posted 10/26/2023 08:47 AM
Larry Schug:
Short and oh, so very sweet. Every line is my favorite. I don't consider myself a Dickinson scholar, but this has got to be one of her finest. At least that's how it strikes me this morning.
Posted 10/26/2023 08:03 AM
Fun. the rose is out of town was my favorite line, describing late autumn. Now, I need to go find a trinket :)
Posted 10/26/2023 07:31 AM
Joan Luther:
What a wonderful tribute to autumn! Ms. Dickinsons words make me dance through the poem
Posted 10/26/2023 07:16 AM
Nice little rhyme. it seems I have a lot in common with Emily. My "grammar" etc. leaves a lot to be desired! I also tend to write a lot about Death! It would be nice to think my work will be appreciated when I'm gone!!
Posted 10/26/2023 05:19 AM

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