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Emily Dickinson - I see thee clearer for the Grave

I see thee clearer for the Grave
That took thy face between
No Mirror could illumine thee
Like that impassive stone --

I know thee better for the Act
That made thee first unknown
The stature of the empty nest
Attests the Bird that's gone.

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1666. I see thee clearer for the Grave
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Oct 26 2009

Comment 2 of 2, added on June 11th, 2009 at 1:39 PM.

Emily knows...We must "ALL" encounter the grave sooner or later...realizing this leads us to become less judgemental and more understanding..as St. Paul states..."We only see in part," therefore..perhaps..we may come to recognize..that we are all like trees...we will not be accurately measured until we have fallen...and even that right is not ours................

Oliver Hageman from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on January 22nd, 2006 at 8:17 PM.

It seems as if Emily is writing of her lost father here. As any of us know who have lost a parent, the grave does make us see with far greater clarity the real person we've lost. And what imagery, the empty nest, which stands as a testimonial for her father's qualities.

Lisa from United States

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