Circumference thou Bride of Awe
Possessing thou shalt be
Possessed by every hallowed Knight
That dares to covet thee

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Circumference thou Bride of Awe


  1. ROGER says:

    Circumference, situated on the threshold between conscious experience and the unknown, is wedded in the poet’s mind to Awe…The Knight possesses circumference and she possesses him, but he has not transcended her to reach Awe….. Dickinson doesn’t write about transcending a limited existence to reach the sublime. Instead, she finds truth and beauty within the limits of experience……. Where finite experience meets the infinite sublime is Circumference. Beyond, after death, is unknown. Circumference stands between.

  2. brad says:

    Circumference thou Bride of Awe

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