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Emily Dickinson - Sleep is supposed to be

Sleep is supposed to be
By souls of sanity
The shutting of the eye.

Sleep is the station grand
Down which, on either hand
The hosts of witness stand!

Morn is supposed to be
By people of degree
The breaking of the Day.

Morning has not occurred!

That shall Aurora be --
East of Eternity --
One with the banner gay --
One in the red array --
That is the break of Day!

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Sleep is supposed to be - Comments and Information

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 13. Sleep is supposed to be
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: Jul 7 2004

Comment 13 of 13, added on January 11th, 2012 at 6:01 PM.

i think that this poem is about how people do not open their eyes up to the beauty of the world.Sleep is the time of day when we are suppose to close our eyes not in the regular day

Kelsey from United States
Comment 12 of 13, added on January 26th, 2010 at 5:01 PM.

I think that this poem tell that many people don't think about things which may be fascinated and beutiful - they think that the sleep is shutting the eyes - but it is more

Tamara from Poland
Comment 11 of 13, added on October 27th, 2009 at 5:59 PM.

The poet conveys her idea of immortality more divinely and eloquently than all but the most inspired Christian minister. Her description of the coming day of reckoning is exquisite and compared as a breathtaking heavenly sunrise for some or stormy red clouds of doom for others.

Timothy from United Kingdom

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