It is easy to work when the soul is at play

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



It is easy to work when the soul is at play—
But when the soul is in pain—
The hearing him put his playthings up
Makes work difficult—then—

It is simple, to ache in the Bone, or the Rind—
But Gimlets—among the nerve—
Mangle daintier—terribler—
Like a Panter in the Glove—

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 02, 2023

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Scheme XXXX XXXX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 292
Words 53
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4

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