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I taste a liquor never brewed by Emily Dickinson


"I taste a liquor never brewed" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. Below you'll find the original wording Dickinson intended for the poem. The Southern Republican published another version with the opening stanza as:

I taste a liquor never brewed –
From Tankards scooped in Pearl –
Not Frankfort Berries yield the sense
Such a delirious whirl!

This poem is written as four stanzas with four lines in each. It has a light imperfect rhyme scheme: ABCB. Like many of Dickinson's writings, this poem is written in pairs where the first line of the pair is longer than the second. The lines generally hover around eight syllables in the first of the pair and six in the second.

Johnson number: 214


I taste a liquor never brewed

I taste a liquor never brewed,
From tankards scooped in pearl;
Not all the vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an alcohol!

Inebriate of air am I,
And debauchee of dew,
Reeling, through endless summer days,
From inns of molten blue.

When the landlord turn the drunken bee
Out of the foxglove's door,
When butterflies renounce their drams,
I shall but drink the more!

Till seraphs swing their snowy hats,
And saints to windows run,
To see the little tippler
Leaning against the sun! 

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Nature, Summer

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