There's a certain Slant of light (258)

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



There's a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons--
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes--

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us--
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are--

None may teach it--Any--
'Tis the Seal Despair--
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air--

When it comes, the Landscape listens--
Shadows--hold their breath--
When it goes, 'tis like the Distance
On the look of Death--

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 02, 2023

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Scheme XAXA XBCB XDXD XECE
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 419
Words 72
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

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