I lived on Dread —
To Those who know
The Stimulus there is
In Danger — Other impetus
Is numb — and Vitalless —

As ’twere a Spur — upon the Soul —
A Fear will urge it where
To go without the Sceptre’s aid
Were Challenging Despair.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem I lived on Dread —

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