Perception of an object costs
Precise the Object’s loss —
Perception in itself a Gain
Replying to its Price —

The Object Absolute — is nought —
Perception sets it fair
And then upbraids a Perfectness
That situates so far —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Perception of an object costs

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  1. Deborah says:

    The worth of an object is determined by the price we place on its head. Perception is based chiefly on memory. Dickinson seems to be saying that our memories over-inflate the value of some objects that really are not as rare as they seem.

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