Bookish Valentine ?

Emily Dickinson wasn’t given over to writing love poems in the truest sense of the word but she did pen a few that not only tug on the heart strings but also illuminate the trials that love can cast upon a yearning soul. It was her own experience she brought to the ‘love poetry’ table and it is viable, palpable and inevitable especially in the modern world from which she was never a part or to witness. Her genius of love resounds the same today as it did to her ears so many years ago, I imagine. Here are a few such examples. The Castle Lady


Success is counted sweetest

By those who ne’er succeed.

To comprehend a nectar

Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple host

Who took the flag today

Can tell the definition

So clear a victory,

As he, defeated, dying,

On whose forbidden ear

The distant strains of triumph

Break, agonized and clear.


The Duel

(published in 1896, a decade after Emily’s decease)

 I took my power in my hand

And went against the world;

’Twas not so much as David had,

But I was twice as bold.

I aimed my pebble, but myself

Was all the one that fell.

Was it Goliath was too large,

Or only I too small?



I had no time to hate, because

The grave would hinder me,

And life was not so ample I

Could finish enmity.


Nor had I time to love; but since

Some industry must be,

The little toil of love, I thought,

Was large enough for me.

Here’s something unique to share with everyone !


Would you like to know more about Emily? I recommend this biography:

Emily Dickinson by Cynthia Griffin Wolff

published by Knopf in 1986

The Castle Lady

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