A Charm Invests A Face by Emily Dickinson
"A Charm Invests A Face" refers to Dickinson looking in a mirror with her face covered with a veil. She doesn't want to lift it or her wanted beauty (or spell) might disappear. Some see this as a metaphor for anything which is beautiful in appearance but underneith it is ugly. So we dare not try to look too close.
This is a two stanza poem made up of four lines in each. Like many of Dickinson's writings, she changes up the third line in the stanza. It goes from iambic-triameter in the first and second line to iambic-quatrameter in the fourth and finally back to iambic-triameter to end it.
Johnson number: 421
A Charm Invests A Face A charm invests a face Imperfectly beheld. The lady dare not lift her veil For fear it be dispelled. But peers beyond her mesh, And wishes, and denies, 'Lest interview annul a want That image satisfies.
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