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'Tis So Much Joy! - Poem by Emily Dickinson

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'Tis so much joy! 'Tis so much joy!
If I should fail, what poverty!
And yet, as poor as I,
Have ventured all upon a throw!
Have gained! Yes! Hesitated so—
This side the Victory!

Life is but Life! And Death, but Death!
Bliss is, but Bliss, and Breath but Breath!
And if indeed I fail,
At least, to know the worst, is sweet!
Defeat means nothing but Defeat,
No drearier, can befall!

And if I gain! Oh Gun at Sea!
Oh Bells, that in the Steeples be!
At first, repeat it slow!
For Heaven is a different thing,
Conjectured, and waked sudden in—
And might extinguish me!


Comments about 'Tis So Much Joy! by Emily Dickinson

  • Rookie - 0 Points Dev Gupta (6/9/2016 2:14:00 AM)

    This is a really nice poem but i don't see sorrow anywhere Gangadharan. Instead in this poem the poet is filled with joy. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 51,822 Points Kim Barney (3/8/2015 2:03:00 PM)

    Deep sorrow, Gangadharan?
    'Tis so much joy! 'Tis so much joy!
    I like most of Dickinson's poetry, but this is certainly not one of her best, and hardly deserves Poem of the Day when so many better ones could have been chosen. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 65,725 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/8/2015 9:50:00 AM)

    deep sorrow the expression of the poem. very interesting poetry. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Happiness

  1. 1. 'Tis So Much Joy! , Emily Dickinson
  2. 2. Happiness , Jane Kenyon
  3. 3. Thyrsis A Monody , Matthew Arnold
  4. 4. A Song Of Joys , Walt Whitman
  5. 5. Happiness , Carl Sandburg
  6. 6. A Month Of Happiness , Robert Bly
  7. 7. Afternoon On A Hill , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  8. 8. Character Of The Happy Warrior , William Wordsworth
  9. 9. A Japanese Wood-Carving , Amy Lowell
  10. 10. The Joy Of Little Things , Robert William Service
  11. 11. This , Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
  12. 12. How Still, How Happy! , Emily Jane Brontë
  13. 13. The Deserted Garden , Alan Seeger
  14. 14. Carpe Diem , Robert Frost
  15. 15. The Giving Tree , Shel Silverstein
  16. 16. The World Is A Beautiful Place , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  17. 17. The Happiness , Jack Hirschman
  18. 18. Happy Thought , Robert Louis Stevenson
  19. 19. Plural Happiness , David Rivard
  20. 20. Compassion Iv , Noelle Kocot
  21. 21. Ceremony For Any Beginning , Robert Pinsky
  22. 22. The Happiest Day , Linda Pastan
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