Could live — did live —
Could die — did die —
Could smile upon the whole
Through faith in one he met not,
To introduce his soul.

Could go from scene familiar
To an untraversed spot —
Could contemplate the journey
With unpuzzled heart —

Such trust had one among us,
Among us not today —
We who saw the launching
Never sailed the Bay!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Could live — did live


  1. Kate says:

    look at the other poems and you will find out alot about emily. she was from new england (amherst MA) so she often wrote of the seasons. if you read carefully, you’ll find out more than you would think to find.

  2. tay says:

    where do i go to analyze the poem or where can i get the information? I really admire Emily’s work and so i want to get a better understanding of her poems.

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