When Night is almost done —
And Sunrise grows so near
That we can touch the Spaces —
It’s time to smooth the Hair —

And get the Dimples ready —
And wonder we could care
For that old — faded Midnight —
That frightened — but an Hour —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem When Night is almost done


  1. frumpo says:

    “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

  2. ea says:

    it’s a poem about facing death and how life, though terrifying, only lasts about an hour.

  3. greemlins says:

    can someone help me please! i was told this poem was ratyer complicated! (what a joke!!!) and also that it was cyclical thanks to the idea of night and day, the eternity of this. ther’s also the odea of fear of death. dickinson tells us in a way that we have to get ready to face the day which is coming so as to forget the anguish and fears night brings.the final dash allows us to go back to the beginning of the poem. the sunrise embodies the idea of renewal and regeneration and is opposed to “midnight”. that is all i have about this! (sorry for my english i’m french:-s) so please can someone help me to understand thios and to tell me if what i told was good or totally stupid and useless. thanks a lot.

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