Good Night! Which put the Candle out?
A jealous Zephyr — not a doubt —
Ah, friend, you little knew
How long at that celestial wick
The Angels — labored diligent —
Extinguished — now — for you!

It might — have been the Light House spark —
Some Sailor — rowing in the Dark —
Had importuned to see!
It might — have been the waning lamp
That lit the Drummer from the Camp
To purer Reveille!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Good Night! Which put the Candle out?


  1. frumpo says:

    Something good (a friend? a thought?) is squelched by jealousy.

  2. jennifer says:

    perhaps the light put out is life and good night is death…or perhaps a light is a brilliant thought and such could do the world good-could it not?…

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