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This was a Poet - It is That by Emily Dickinson


"This was a Poet - It is That" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. This poem talks about the emense power Dickinson feels as a poet. In the first stanza, she states that it "Distills amazing sense" and "Attar so immense" (a strong sense). The second stanza has the author wondering why other "familiar species" (authors) have "perished by the Door" but not the poet. The third states that being a poet "Entitles Us" in contract to "ceaseless Poverty". This means that the author feels rich through her words. The fourth stanza states that the poet is rich to himself and rich with time.

This poem is written as four stanzas with four lines in each. The poem rhymes the first three stanzas (lines two and four) perfectly while rhyming the fourth stanza (lines two and four) imperfectly.

Johnson number: 448


This was a Poet - It is That

This was a Poet - It is That
Distills amazing sense
From ordinary Meanings -
And Attar so immense
From the familiar species
That perished by the Door -
We wonder it was not Ourselves
Arrested it - before -
Of Pictures, the Discloser -
The Poet - it is He -
Entitles Us - by Contrast -
To ceaseless Poverty -
Of portion - so unconscious -
The Robbing - could not harm -
Himself - to Him - a Fortune -
Exterior - to Time -

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Literary Movement
19th Century


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