Severer Service of myself
I — hastened to demand
To fill the awful Vacuum
Your life had left behind —

I worried Nature with my Wheels
When Hers had ceased to run —
When she had put away Her Work
My own had just begun.

I strove to weary Brain and Bone —
To harass to fatigue
The glittering Retinue of nerves —
Vitality to clog

To some dull comfort Those obtain
Who put a Head away
They knew the Hair to —
And forget the color of the Day —

Affliction would not be appeased —
The Darkness braced as firm
As all my stratagem had been
The Midnight to confirm —

No Drug for Consciousness — can be —
Alternative to die
Is Nature’s only Pharmacy
For Being’s Malady —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Severer Service of myself


  1. hard eyes says:

    All things are bad because I was never acclaimed; however, there is always ME-and just the knowing of
    my greatness and the misery for the lack of recognition
    are the consequences.

  2. almighty puck says:

    oh woe is me
    to be compared to such talent
    is but to put my out looks
    to shame
    bravo Emily
    thee puck bow to you
    and all shall applaud or face their doom.

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