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Emily Dickinson - I shall not murmur if at last

I shall not murmur if at last
The ones I loved below
Permission have to understand
For what I shunned them so --
Divulging it would rest my Heart
But it would ravage theirs --
Why, Katie, Treason has a Voice --
But mine -- dispels -- in Tears.

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1410. I shall not murmur if at last
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Oct 11 2011

Comment 2 of 2, added on May 20th, 2009 at 6:20 PM.

I'm not sure what you're on about there, Ley. Sounds to me like her friends are going to hell and she feels bad that she had to turn her back on them. (cried tears for being treasonous, even though they deserved it. She's like to confess the reasons she felt the way she did but to do that to them, even if they are now "below" would inflict further pain on them.)

Comment 1 of 2, added on May 20th, 2009 at 9:11 AM.

Dickinson wrote many poems such as this when she reached her older ages after her seclusion from society. She wrote letters like this to the dearest of her friends as an apology for ignoring them for so long.


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