There is no Silence in the Earth — so silent

There is no Silence in the Earth — so silent
As that endured
Which uttered, would discourage Nature
And haunt the World.

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  1. Tim Hoare says:

    This Poem is what Ted Hughes refers to as Dickinson’s dreaded inner vision. The word “endured” suggests that she bears a kind of revelationary burden which she must never realise or attempt to express, it is perhaps her own terrified knowledge of infinte nothingness. Poems 670 and 777 suggest a smimilar experience.

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