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Emily Dickinson - Many a phrase has the English language

Many a phrase has the English language --
I have heard but one --
Low as the laughter of the Cricket,
Loud, as the Thunder's Tongue --

Murmuring, like old Caspian Choirs,
When the Tide's a' lull --
Saying itself in new inflection --
Like a Whippoorwill --

Breaking in bright Orthography
On my simple sleep --
Thundering its Prospective --
Till I stir, and weep --

Not for the Sorrow, done me --
But the push of Joy --
Say it again, Saxton!
Hush -- Only to me!

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 276. Many a phrase has the English language
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955

Comment 2 of 2, added on March 23rd, 2006 at 11:27 PM.

The word should be "inflection" not "infection" in stanza two, the third line.

Paul Oratofsky from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on September 16th, 2004 at 5:08 PM.

anyways, i thought that was a nice poem. a bit confusing but, overall, it was good.

da future Mrs. Phelps

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