Emily Dickinson

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

How happy is the little Stone


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How happy is the little Stone
That rambles in the Road alone,
And doesn't care about Careers
And Exigencies never fears—
Whose Coat of elemental Brown
A passing Universe put on,
And independent as the Sun
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute Decree
In casual simplicity—

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Rookie Zofie Wingmaker (11/11/2011 7:55:00 PM)

    I think that since, for the first time, it rhymes its wonderful. But I don't exactly understand what she means by 'whose coat of elemental brown' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Adam Sobh (4/15/2009 1:55:00 PM)

    I'm doing a project on Emily Dickinson for my 11th grade American Literature class, and i need to find a poem by Miss Emily Dickinson and then analyze it, i chose this poem, but i don't really understand it, so if anybody could please explain it to me and help me to better understand it, i would be extremely grateful. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Danzen D. (12/3/2008 6:11:00 AM)

    No worries, no problems, no grief just existence. It's existence is very simple, staying there in its place, rain or shine. The author must be a bit frustrated with her task and focuses her gaze on a stone, sitting there seeming peaceful. You only get one shot at a life like this so it would be best to enjoy it, the smile after you have moved on, the relief after a hard test has been done. We were made to be something better than the stone, not just to sit around there and do nothing. (Report) Reply

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