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28Mar

Poem of the week: After Great Pain … by Emily Dickinson

With its Christian phraseology and powerful imagery, this 1862 verse is likely a response to a death in the American civil war

After Great Pain …

After great pain, a formal feeling comes –
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs –
The stiff Heart questions ‘was it He, that bore,’
And ‘Yesterday, or Centuries before’?

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