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I went to Heaven by Emily Dickinson


"I went to Heaven" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. Dickinson speaks about how great heaven would be if she could go. With the roads lit with ruby, fields with dew, and beautiful pictures (no man drew). Of course, she ends by saying that she would "almost [be] contented" there.

This poem is written as a single stanza with sixteen lines. The poem is written as pairs with the first line of each being longer than the second. Dickinson attempts to rhyme several lines with each other. She rhymes "town" with "down", "dew" with "drew", "frames" with "names" and "be" with "society".

Johnson number: 374


I went to Heaven

I went to Heaven, -
'Twas a small town,
Lit with a ruby,
Lathed with down.
Stiller than the fields
At the full dew,
Beautiful as pictures
No man drew.
People like the moth,
Of mechlin, frames,
Duties of gossamer,
And eider names.
Almost contented
I could be
'Mong such unique

Next: I would not paint - a picture
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Literary Movement
19th Century

Nature, Religion, Picture, God

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