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Emily Dickinson - She dealt her pretty words like Blades

She dealt her pretty words like Blades --
How glittering they shone --
And every One unbared a Nerve
Or wantoned with a Bone --

She never deemed -- she hurt --
That -- is not Steel's Affair --
A vulgar grimace in the Flesh --
How ill the Creatures bear --

To Ache is human -- not polite --
The Film upon the eye
Mortality's old Custom --
Just locking up -- to Die.

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 479. She dealt her pretty words like Blades
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955

Comment 2 of 2, added on January 16th, 2013 at 4:53 PM.
Cutting into another person

It has been said that the human tongue can break bones.

Jack from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on October 3rd, 2011 at 12:20 PM.
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I think by what she means it that words can have a sharp meaning when you say them, or that they can come out sharp.

victoria from United States

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