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I reckon - when I count at all - by Emily Dickinson


"I reckon - when I count at all -" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. There are several variations of this writing, the one listed below is directly from her manuscript. In this poem, she looks at how great it is for poets. To poets, "Their Summer - lasts a Solid / Year". And, as Dickinson has stated elsewhere in her work, she loves the summer. She also mentions those who worship the poets, but it would be difficult for her to grace such a thing, so she wants it to only be a dream.

This poem consists of four stanzas. The first stanza has six lines, the second has five, third has six, and fourth has four. This is unlike many of Dickinson's poems, but she makes it work just the same. Dickinson still manages to use her rhyme scheme where she only lines two lines in each stanza and it is imperfect as usual.

Johnson number: 569


I reckon - when I count at all -

I reckon - when I count 
At all -
First - Poets - Then the Sun -
Then Summer - Then the 
Heaven of God -
And then - the List is done- 

But - looking back - the 
First so seems
To Comprehend the Whole -
The Others look a needless Show -
So I write - Poets - All -

Their Summer - lasts a Solid 
Year -
They can afford a Sun
The East - would deem 
Extravagant - 
And if the Further Heaven -

Be Beautiful as they prepare
For Those who worship Them -
It is too difficult a Grace -
To justify the Dream -

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Literary Movement
19th Century

God, Summer, Dream

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