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Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

Fame is a bee


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Fame is a bee.
It has a song—
It has a sting—
Ah, too, it has a wing.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Allison Helman (1/26/2012 11:46:00 AM)

    Fame is a bee and a bee is Emily Dickinson. If you read more of her poetry you will see how her imagery is like looking through a magnifying glass where her garden becomes as much a universe as it might be to a bee. Ms. Dickinson liked to write about these little alchemists and her poetry opens our eyes to a different light and vibration we might not have otherwise perceived like a compound eye's ability to perceive the ultraviolet. Ms. Dickinson was famous for her beautiful garden and the name Emily means industrious. I believe a bee would be the gold standard for that. For an astonishingly beautiful poem, I would recommend La Canta de Miel by Francisco Garcia Lorca. (Report) Reply

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