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Analysis and comments on Sexton! My Master's sleeping here. by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 5 of 62, added on March 24th, 2007 at 1:14 PM.

she's calling on the sexton (the keeper of the church and graveyard) to
show her to (possibly) her father's grave (bed) so she can tend it,
planting seeds and decorating it -- the bird's nest is probably a funeral
wreath. I agree that she may even be talking about Christ and
resurrection.

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Comment 4 of 62, added on April 19th, 2006 at 11:56 PM.

Sexton! My Master's sleeping here.
[sexton: a church custodian and often grave digger]
Pray lead me to his bed!
[someone deceased, at least]
I came to build the Bird's nest,
[speaks of time passing, and seasons]
And sow the Early seed --
[... such as Spring]

That when the snow creeps slowly
From off his chamber door --
[from off the crypt or grave ...]
Daisies point the way there --
And the Troubadour.
[Heralds the trumpet of Resurrection Day]
[When the maiden will be wed to her Master]

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Comment 3 of 62, added on February 20th, 2006 at 12:50 PM.

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Information about Sexton! My Master's sleeping here.

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 96. Sexton! My Master's sleeping here.
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Mar 24 2007


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