A Sloop of Amber slips away
Upon an Ether Sea,
And wrecks in Peace a Purple Tar,
The Son of Ecstasy —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem A Sloop of Amber slips away


  1. ea says:

    I wonder why this is distressing. Doesn’t it seem like a lovely dream? The amber sloop that bore the sailor (the tar) to ecstacy where he now rests in its afterglow?

  2. Rachel says:

    It is a great poem but little distressing if you think about it.

  3. cindy says:

    this poem is so pretty but can someone tell me what it means before i put it on this story i’m writing?

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