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This quiet Dust was Gentlemen and Ladies by Emily Dickinson


"This quiet Dust was Gentlemen and Ladies" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. In this poem, Dickinson reminisces about the summer days. It is most likely winter, having the "quiet Dust" settled in. There are no children or adults laughing or playing. The bees and flowers are no longer out. They simply "ceased like these".

This poem is written as two stanzas with four lines in each. Dickinson rhymes the second and fourth lines in each stanza and makes them shorter than the other lines.

Johnson number: 813


This quiet Dust was Gentlemen and Ladies

This quiet Dust was Gentlemen and Ladies
And lads and girls;
Was laughter and ability and sighing,
And frocks and curls;

This passive place a summer's nimble mansion,
Where bloom and bees
Fulfilled their oriental circuit,
Then ceased like these.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Summer, Winter, Snow

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