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Pain - has an Element of Blank by Emily Dickinson


"Pain - has an Element of Blank" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. This poem, also known under the title of "The Mystery of Pain", speaks about how pain is pain. We don't know when it began or if there was ever a day without it. We only feel it. And its future is itself. It will always be there.

This writing is made up of only two stanzas with four lines in each. In the first stanza "recollect" is imperfectly rhymed with "not". In the second stanza "contain" is perfectly rhymed with "pain". Dickinson writes the poem in pairs where the first line of the pair is longer than the second.

Johnson number: 650


Pain - has an Element of Blank

Pain - has an Element of Blank;
It cannot recollect
When it began, or if there were
A day when it was not.

It has no future but itself,
Its infinite realms contain
Its past, enlightened to perceive
New periods of pain.

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19th Century


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