Poet: Emily Dickinson
The Tint I cannot take -- is best --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
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Comment 1 of 2, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 10:57 PM.
Harold Bloom asserts that Dickinson "achieved her greatest work" in poem 627. So many of the phrases ("The tint I cannot take," "The moments of Dominion/That happen on the Soul," and "The Pleading of the Summer") resonate with the wistful moments when we know--even if we don't know what we know. But in some way we know we are a part of the Landscapes and part of Cleopatra's Company, and finally when Death shuts our eyes we will be able to see another way. And that will be the way "too exquisite--to tell." But it will not be too exquisite to know. On earth we can approach this knowing in "The pleading of Summer" and in the snow. Summer calls us, achingly, to the things of this world, and snow circles us in its white safety and contentment. Such knowing does make us swagger.
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