Some Favorites from Miss Emily

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For Poetry, this term, we’ve been studying Emily Dickinson.  When we read through her poems, I get a little excited, and the kids tell me to calm myself down.  Your life probably does not require you to read Miss Emily’s poetry during the day, so I picked out a few favorites for you to enjoy.

A Book

There is no frigate like a book

To take us lands away,

Nor any coursers like a page

Of prancing poetry.

This traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of toll;

How frugal is the chariot

That bears a human soul!

 

I’m Nobody!  Who are you?

I’m nobody!  Who are you?

Are you nobody, too?

Then there’s a pair of us–don’t tell!

They’d banish us, you know.

 

How dreary to be somebody!

How public, like a frog

To tell your name the livelong day

To an admiring bog!

 

Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all,

 

And sweetest in the gale is hear;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm

 

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,

And on the strangest sea;

Yet, never, in extremity,

It asked a crumb of me.

 

 

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