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The Soul has Bandaged moments by Emily Dickinson


"The Soul has Bandaged moments" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. In this writing, the "Soul" is personified as a woman in love. She is seen as unfree-held down by society or perhaps her love. At times, the soul feels like it wants to escape and do as it pleases. However, it rethinks and goes back to how it was before, "With shackles on the plumed feet".

Since the Soul is seen as a woman, it is possible to think that either society or her own beliefs are holding her back. It seems as if she wants to be free and liberated, but then she decides not to. Why? Is it her beliefs or is it something else?

This poem is written in six stanzas with varying amounts of lines. The lines go 4-6-4-4-4-2.

Johnson number: 512


The Soul has Bandaged moments

The Soul has Bandaged moments --
When too appalled to stir --
She feels some ghastly Fright come up
And stop to look at her --

Salute her -- with long fingers --
Caress her freezing hair --
Sip, Goblin, from the very lips
The Lover -- hovered -- o'er --
Unworthy, that a thought so mean
Accost a Theme -- so -- fair --

The soul has moments of Escape --
When bursting all the doors --
She dances like a Bomb, abroad,
And swings upon the Hours,

As do the Bee -- delirious borne --
Long Dungeoned from his Rose --
Touch Liberty -- then know no more,
But Noon, and Paradise --

The Soul's retaken moments --
When, Felon led along,
With shackles on the plumed feet,
And staples, in the Song,

The Horror welcomes her, again,
These, are not brayed of Tongue --

Next: The Soul selects her own Society
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Literary Movement
19th Century

Spirit, Personification

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