Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat by Emily Dickinson
"Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat" is about how, through experience, our soul can be refined and be ready for, hopefully, something better in the afterlife. The forge represents experience while the hammer is pain and hardships. The white heat is her own hardships.
This poem is made up of only one stanza with sixteen lines. No, it isn't a sonnet like you might expect. It's simply a unique poem written by Dickinson. It contains the rhyme scheme ABABCDAEFGDCBEAD. Or something like that anyway. The scheme is not a perfect-rhyme, but it is imperfect.
Johnson number: 365
Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat? Then crouch within the door -- Red -- is the Fire's common tint -- But when the vivid Ore Has vanquished Flame's conditions, It quivers from the Forge Without a color, but the light Of unanointed Blaze. Least Village has its Blacksmith Whose Anvil's even ring Stands symbol for the finer Forge That soundless tugs -- within -- Refining these impatient Ores With hammer, and with Blaze Until the Designated Light Repudiate the Forge --
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