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There is a word by Emily Dickinson

Analysis

"There is a word" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. This poem is about how one single word can make a person feel helpless and down. The first stanza states it "can pierce an armed man". The second stanza speaks of how it can cause muteness. The third stanza states how no matter where it is used, it can cause victory and goes on to say the word is "forgot".

This poem is written as three stanzas with three lines in the first, seven lines in the second, and six lines in the third. The first stanza perfectly rhymes the first two lines. The second stanza rhymes the third and fourth lines along with the fifth and seventh. In the third stanza, Dickinson imperfectly rhymes "sun" with "marksman" and "target" with "forgot".

Johnson number: 8

Poem

There is a word
By 

There is a word
Which bears a sword
can pierce an armed man.

It hurls its barbed syllables, --
At once is mute again.
But where it fell
The saved will tell
On patriotic day,
Some epauletted brother
Gave his breath away.

Wherever runs the breathless sun,
Wherever roams the day,
There is its victory!
Behold the keenest marksman!
Time's sublimest target
Is a soul "forgot"!

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Nationality
American

Literary Movement
19th Century

Subjects
Hopelessness