Behind Me — dips Eternity —
Before Me — Immortality —
Myself — the Term between —
Death but the Drift of Eastern Gray,
Dissolving into Dawn away,
Before the West begin —

‘Tis Kingdoms — afterward — they say —
In perfect — pauseless Monarchy —
Whose Prince — is Son of None —
Himself — His Dateless Dynasty —
Himself — Himself diversify —
In Duplicate divine —

‘Tis Miracle before Me — then —
‘Tis Miracle behind — between —
A Crescent in the Sea —
With Midnight to the North of Her —
And Midnight to the South of Her —
And Maelstrom — in the Sky —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Behind Me — dips Eternity —


  1. Laijon Liu says:

    Lord opened sea – Moses behind-I AM,
    Lord invited us – A Land before-I AM,
    I AM – Who – I AM
    Life is the bread of heaven,
    doeth come down, and feedth;
    His Will – be done – as we pray
    is a complete – gracious Gift.
    Who Is He – Son of Nun,
    the Promise – 14th of Hebrew’s Abraham,
    the King – 14th of Isreal’s David,
    the Messiah – 14th after Judah’s Rebuild;
    Himself – the One – waited and rejected;
    Himself – the One – eternal and unchangeable.
    In One – and only thru Him-
    Son of Nun obtained his name – by His glorious Name.
    ‘Tis Sign before us – His Son-
    ‘Tis His Son in us and with us-
    A Light shines in the darkness-
    Mary jumped for joy-
    Her Son visited us-
    the strangers in the world – found rest!

  2. joe says:

    i love this poem ! i impowers me to live every day !
    i am a wonder ful poet – i love my work!

  3. Rilkey says:

    This is my favourite poem. I love the cadence of the second stanza, especially the line, “Himself-himself diversify”. It gives it a meandering hurry when read.

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