1. Dickinson's poetry may seem to operate in some timeless
realm, but how may it reflect its time-period of late
bordering on early
1a. How may this poem possibly express
originated in Dickinson's native New England, and with which
Dickinson was at least familiar?
2. What characteristics of Dickinson's style?
How can you tell this is a
poem by Emily Dickinson?
3. Compare this poem's form as "free
verse" or "formal verse"
with poems by Poe and Whitman (and other poems by Dickinson). (Comparative
Study of Poe, Whitman, Dickinson)
A light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other
[1.4] When March is scarcely here
A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake,
It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the
[3.3] Upon the furthest
Slope you know
speaks to you.
Then, as Horizons step,
Or Noons report
[4.3] Without the Formula of sound,
It passes, and we stay—
A quality of loss
Affecting our Content*,
[5.3] As Trade* had suddenly encroached
= business, commerce]
[5.4] Upon a
= religious act or ceremony]