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Emily Dickinson - There is a word

There is a word
Which bears a sword
Can pierce an armed man --
It hurls its barbed syllables
And is mute again --
But where it fell
The saved will tell
On patriotic day,
Some epauletted Brother
Gave his breath away.

Wherever runs the breathless sun --
Wherever roams the day --
There is its noiseless onset --
There is its victory!
Behold the keenest marksman!
The most accomplished shot!
Time's sublimest target
Is a soul "forgot!"

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There is a word - Comments and Information

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 8. There is a word
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Jan 27 2011

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Comment 21 of 23, added on February 11th, 2013 at 1:47 PM.
There is a word

I am wondering what people think the "word" is that she is writing about. My son and I think it is the word "sacrifice." It has barbed syllables and is "mute" as soon as the sacrifice is made. Those that were saved by the sacrifice, can live to tell the story. And, a sacrifice is made for a cause. The cause is remembered but not the person. However, I get lost in the last stanza.

Lori Preston from United States

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