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I held a Jewel in my fingers by Emily Dickinson


"I held a Jewel in my fingers" by Emily Dickinson is a poem that could be interpreted in a couple different ways. 1) The Jewel is her love of someone. She was with her loved one and thought it would last forever, but it ended unexpectedly. 2) She lost all of her belongings unexpectedly. No matter what it was that she lost, she obviously felt it was something near and dear to her.

This poem consists of two stanzas with four lines in each. The first and third lines contain nine syllables while the second and fourth contain only four.

Johnson number: 245


I held a Jewel in my fingers

I held a Jewel in my fingers
And went to sleep
The day was warm, and winds were prosy
I said, "Twill keep"

I woke - and chide my honest fingers,
The Gem was gone
And now, an Amethyst remembrance
Is all I own

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Love, Lost Love, Relationship

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