Publication - is the Auction by Emily Dickinson
"Publication - is the Auction" is a talk about published works. The first stanza states that publication is horrible, while the second stanza begins to refute the statement. The first two lines of the third stanza state that God gave us the thoughts and so we should keep it to ourselves. However, the second two state that God's creation is the one who brought it to be. The fourth stanza states that by spreading our works we are spreading what God gave us, but to not disgrace ourselves or him.
A common misconception is that Dickinson was not published during her lifetime. In actuality, several of her poems were. However, the vast majority were not published until after her death.
This is a four stanza poem with four lines in each. There is a soft rhyme in the first and fourth stanza while there is a perfect rhyme in the second and third.
Johnson number: 709
Publication - is the Auction Publication - is the Auction Of the Mind of Man - Poverty - be justifying For so foul a thing Possibly - but We - would rather From Our Garret go White - Unto the White Creator - Than invest - Our Snow - Thought belong to Him who gave it - Then - to Him Who bear Its Corporeal illustration - Sell The Royal Air - In the Parcel - Be the Merchant Of the Heavenly Grace - But reduce no Human Spirit To Disgrace of Price -
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