Rather arid delight
If Contentment accrue
Make an abstemious Ecstasy
Not so good as joy —

But Rapture’s Expense
Must not be incurred
With a tomorrow knocking
And the Rent unpaid —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Rather arid delight

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