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Come Slowly - Eden! by Emily Dickinson


"Come Slowly - Eden!" speaks about "Eden" which can be understood as the Garden of Eden, a paradise (or in this case, a person). She's basically telling a bashful man to come take her as she is waiting for his love, but he is shy and unexperienced.

This is a two stanza poem with four lines in each. Weirdly, Dickinson doesn't use her usual writing style for short works. She switches it up a bit and changes between six and five syllables. Nonetheless, she does rhyme the second and fourth lines while using imperfect-rhymes in the first and third.

Johnson number: 211


Come Slowly - Eden!

Come slowly - Eden!
lips unused to thee,
Bashful, sip thy jasmines,
As the fainting bee,

Reaching late his flower,
Round her chamber hums,
Counts his nectars --enters,
And is lost in balms!

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Literary Movement
19th Century


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