The Thrill came slowly like a Boom for
Centuries delayed
Its fitness growing like the Flood
In sumptuous solitude —
The desolations only missed
While Rapture changed its Dress
And stood amazed before the Change
In ravished Holiness —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem The Thrill came slowly like a Boom for


  1. Joe E says:

    Thomas Johnson is an editor devoted almost entirely to the work of Emily Dickinson. He has spent much of his adulthood editing her work, and creating one of the most widely accepted classifications (according to calculated dates) of Dickinson’s work. His classifications are largely understood among scholars… I trust him.

  2. Joe E says:

    According to Thomas Johnson, the 1st line reads:
    The Thrill came slowly like a Boon for
    …The word is BOON, not BOOM… big difference.

  3. stephanie says:

    I liked it. It describes something i can’t.

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