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I never lost as much but twice by Emily Dickinson


In this poem, she stands in front of God and begs him, before the door of God. This poem is actually about her loss of two friends when she was younger. She lost them at relatively a young age. So she seems to have blamed God and begged him to return them. But in the end, she realizes that he won't and says, "I am poor once more!"

This poem is made up of two stanzas with four lines in each. It has the rhyme scheme (which is perfect rhyme) as ABCB. Like many of Dickinson's poems, the first line is longer than the second, and third longer than the fourth. The even number lines in the first stanza have six syllables while the evens in the second stanza have five.

Johnson number: 49


I never lost as much but twice

I never lost as much but twice
And that was in the sod.
Twice have I stood a beggar
Before the door of God!

Angels, twice descending,
Reimbursed my store.
Burglar, banker, father, 
I am poor once more!

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Literary Movement
19th Century

God, Relationship

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