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Emily Dickinson - Rather arid delight

Rather arid delight
If Contentment accrue
Make an abstemious Ecstasy
Not so good as joy --

But Rapture's Expense
Must not be incurred
With a tomorrow knocking
And the Rent unpaid --

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1679. Rather arid delight
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Aug 29 2016

Comment 1 of 1, added on November 26th, 2016 at 5:19 PM.
Rather ariid delight

Well, she is preferring temperance in joy taking as opposed to somehow overdoing it beyond your situation or position. Inappropriate volume or temperature or fullness of joy when the situation demands thoughtful consideration and attention instead. So it seems to me. Not a poet myself or an interpreter of poems, but that seems to be her message. Perhaps she is speaking from experience.

JGR from United States

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