Emily Dickinson

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

A Light Exists In Spring - Poem by Emily Dickinson

A light exists in spring
Not present on the year
At any other period.
When March is scarcely here

A color stands abroad
On solitary hills
That science cannot overtake,
But human naturefeels.

It waits upon the lawn;
It shows the furthest tree
Upon the furthest slope we know;
It almost speaks to me.

Then, as horizons step,
Or noons report away,
Without the formula of sound,
It passes, and we stay:

A quality of loss
Affecting our content,
As trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a sacrament.


Comments about A Light Exists In Spring by Emily Dickinson

  • (4/30/2019 2:47:00 PM)

    I agree (Report)Reply

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  • (3/12/2019 12:16:00 PM)

    Who puts puts their real name on this? I don't. I like his poems but I don't trust ANY websites. Not even Netflix (Report)Reply

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  • (3/12/2019 12:15:00 PM)

    His poems are really beautiful and I can't get over them. He is such a good poet. (Report)Reply

    (4/16/2019 3:58:00 PM)

    " His" ? This is Emily Dickinson.

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  • (2/22/2019 8:44:00 AM)

    " Trade has suddenly encroached
    Upon a sacrament" .
    Awesome conceptualization in the sweet melody.
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  • (1/8/2019 5:51:00 PM)

    trade certainly affects content, but is there an under-estimation of science? (Report)Reply

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  • Prabir Gayen (1/8/2019 1:27:00 PM)

    Very creative thinking........ thanks (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/8/2019 11:15:00 AM)

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

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/8/2019 8:48:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem on nature. I always admire her style of writing and enjoy her poems. Like her other poems this is a gem too. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/8/2019 7:47:00 AM)

    As trade had suddenly encroached
    Upon a sacrament
    Wonderful conceptualization with equally wonderful imagery.
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  • Glen Kappy (1/8/2019 6:45:00 AM)

    Recalling Emily’s usual lining of poems, I had a bit of a challenge with the sentence carrying over from the last line of the first stanza into the second. That worked out, I relate to the transitory light or opening to the landscape which causes her to see it in a fresh way. And I resonate with her describing this experience as something sacred—for the Creator’s signature is seen in the creation. -GK (Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/8/2019 4:06:00 AM)

    Excellent poem with great imageries. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/8/2019 3:37:00 AM)

    I see here nature, human and religion all combined to make it a poem of spring......very very outstanding......thanks for sharing (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (1/8/2019 3:00:00 AM)

    The great poetess Emily Dickinson whom we studied at the University......... great.. tony (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (1/8/2019 2:50:00 AM)

    The sense of spring evoked by lines like 'But human nature feels'. The depth of images require the reader to go back again and again to discover them all. At the end the clash between' trade' and 'sacrament'. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/8/2019 1:05:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem by Emily Dickinson...................... (Report)Reply

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  • (4/17/2018 7:05:00 PM)

    The reader is horrible! ! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Henry Tong (2/16/2018 11:24:00 AM)

    What a lucid expression of Spring... I guess Emily Dickinson mixed nature with faith so that all Creatures were alive in her pen. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/26/2017 11:31:00 AM)

    Beauty of nature.. Nice poem (Report)Reply

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  • (4/10/2017 11:31:00 PM)

    Trade has suddenly encroached
    Upon a sacrament
    Great conceptualization. Thanks for sharing it here.
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  • Amar Agarwala (4/10/2017 7:44:00 PM)

    Emily Dickinson is a master of verses, rhythm, rhyme and meter... all which goes to make memorable poems. And without doubt her creations are all beyond compare. She is one 'Classical Great' and I count her amongst the top ten poets the world has ever produced. Besides, she is one of my favourites. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001



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