Musicians wrestle everywhere

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



Musicians wrestle everywhere—
All day—among the crowded air
I hear the silver strife—
And—walking—long before the morn—
Such transport breaks upon the town
I think it that "New Life"!

If is not Bird—it has no nest—
Nor "Band"—in brass and scarlet—drest—
Nor Tamborin—nor Man—
It is not Hymn from pulpit read—
The "Morning Stars" the Treble led
On Time's first Afternoon!

Some—say—it is "the Spheres"—at play!
Some say that bright Majority
Of vanished Dames—and Men!
Some—think it service in the place
Where we—with late—celestial face—
Please God—shall Ascertain!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 17, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABXXB CCXDDX XXXEEX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 600
Words 90
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6

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