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Emily Dickinson - If recollecting were forgetting,

If recollecting were forgetting,
Then I remember not.
And if forgetting, recollecting,
How near I had forgot.
And if to miss, were merry,
And to mourn, were gay,
How very blithe the fingers
That gathered this, Today!

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 33. If recollecting were forgetting,
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955

Comment 3 of 3, added on April 19th, 2011 at 6:41 AM.
poem Emely

If recollecting are forgetting,
Then I remember not.
And if forgetting, recollecting,
How near I shall forgot.
And if to miss, were merry,
And to mourn, were gay,
How very blithe the fingers
That gatheres this, Today!

putting it in present makes everything different

rob
Comment 2 of 3, added on May 20th, 2005 at 12:22 AM.

Emily here talks about the loss of a beloved one she mourns his death/loss but she understands sadness cant complement happiness but somewhere she wishes if she could be happy with the depressing life of hers. wish I could be too

dhiyaa from India
Comment 1 of 3, added on March 21st, 2005 at 10:11 PM.

In this poem it seems that as much as Emily would like to forget the loss of a loved one instead of continually recalling the event which grieves her so, she can not. She has received news of the death of one who was close and she wishes that the mourning process could be a happy one and realizes that it is quite the opposite.

Jeremy from United States

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