Analysis of How the Waters closed above Him

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



How the Waters closed above Him
We shall never know—
How He stretched His Anguish to us
That—is covered too—

Spreads the Pond Her Base of Lilies
Bold above the Boy
Whose unclaimed Hat and Jacket
Sum the History—


Scheme XXXX XXXX
Poetic Form ~Double Dactyl 
Metre 10101011 11101 11111011 11101 10101110 10101 1011010 10100
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 220
Words 41
Sentences 1
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4
Lines Amount 8
Letters per line (avg) 21
Words per line (avg) 5
Letters per stanza (avg) 85
Words per stanza (avg) 20
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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