Emily Dickinson

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

A Clock Stopped -- Not The Mantel's

Poem by Emily Dickinson

A clock stopped -- not the mantel's
Geneva's farthest skill
Can't put the puppet bowing
That just now dangled still.

An awe came on the trinket!
The figures hunched with pain,
Then quivered out of decimals
Into degreeless noon.

It will not stir for doctors,
This pendulum of snow;
The shopman importunes it,
While cool, concernless No

Nods from the gilded pointers,
Nods from seconds slim,
Decades of arrogance between
The dial life and him.


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    Nods from the gilded pointers
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    Decades of arrogance between
    The dial life and him."
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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (7/2/2019 2:05:00 AM)

    clock-
    It will not stir for doctors,
    This pendulum of snow; ..../// beautiful poem(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/2/2019 1:07:00 AM)

    Into degreeless noon!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/2/2019 1:04:00 AM)

    Nods from the gilded pointers,
    Nods from seconds slim,
    Decades of arrogance between
    The dial life and him.

    good writings
    great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (7/2/2019 12:34:00 AM)

    One of the best poems by Emily Dickinson.....(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (9/26/2017 9:37:00 AM)

    Nods from the gilded pointers,
    Nods from seconds slim,
    Decades of arrogance between
    The dial life and him.

    Great poem, enjoyed reading it.(Report)Reply

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  • Resh Kav (6/25/2017 8:08:00 AM)

    With last two lines... The poem hit the top.(Report)Reply

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (10/21/2016 5:12:00 AM)

    Decades of arrogance between
    The dial life and him....these lines say it all- wonderful-10(Report)Reply

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  • Angelina Holmes (5/3/2014 9:56:00 AM)

    Time is such a fickle thing.....(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (4/29/2014 9:48:00 PM)

    ........a wonderful write....enjoyed...(Report)Reply

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (4/25/2014 5:37:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/25/2014 11:09:00 PM)

    ......seems as if she is speaking of someone passing away...a clock stopped...a heart stopped...a clock goes tick tock....a heart goes thump thump...both continuously until one stops...(Report)Reply

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  • Adam SobhAdam Sobh (4/10/2009 11:54:00 AM)

    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

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  • Oliver Hageman (9/4/2006 9:31:00 AM)

    The clock which is not the mantel's is the human heart(Report)Reply

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  • john tiong chunghoojohn tiong chunghoo (3/25/2006 9:44:00 AM)

    old clock
    louder than
    neighbour's new(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001

Poem Edited: Monday, May 14, 2001


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