What care the Dead, for Chanticleer

Emily Dickinson 1830 (Amherst) – 1886 (Amherst)



What care the Dead, for Chanticleer—
What care the Dead for Day?
'Tis late your Sunrise vex their face—
And Purple Ribaldry—of Morning

Pour as blank on them
As on the Tier of Wall
The Mason builded, yesterday,
And equally as cool—

What care the Dead for Summer?
The Solstice had no Sun
Could waste the Snow before their Gate—
And knew One Bird a Tune—

Could thrill their Mortised Ear
Of all the Birds that be—
This One—beloved of Mankind
Henceforward cherished be—

What care the Dead for Winter?
Themselves as easy freeze—
June Noon—as January Night—
As soon the South—her Breeze

Of Sycamore—or Cinnamon—
Deposit in a Stone
And put a Stone to keep it Warm—
Give Spices—unto Men—

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 05, 2023

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Scheme ABXX XXBX ACXX ADXD AEXE CXXX
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 699
Words 123
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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