We play at Paste by Emily Dickinson
"We play at Paste" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. In this, Dickinson speaks of how we play with paste until we are qualified to play with pearl and "deem ourself a fool". The second stanza states that the shapes were similar, but the new hands are going for gems while practicing "sands".
This poem can be seen to mean that when we are children, we simply play. Then when we are adults, we turn into fools while working for the "pearl" (money). And we learned how to do it while "Parcticing Sands" (playing).
Johnson number: 320
We play at Paste We play at Paste Till qualified, for pearl Then, drop the paste And deem ourself a fool The shapes- though- were similar, And our new hands Learned Gem-tactics Practicing Sands.
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