Emily Dickinson

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

A Long, Long Sleep, A Famous Sleep - Poem by Emily Dickinson

A long, long sleep, a famous sleep
That makes no show for dawn
By strech of limb or stir of lid, --
An independent one.

Was ever idleness like this?
Within a hut of stone
To bask the centuries away
Nor once look up for noon?


Comments about A Long, Long Sleep, A Famous Sleep by Emily Dickinson

  • Susan Williams (8/20/2018 10:18:00 PM)


    Well, cripes, I was hoping she was writing about a deep sleep type sleep and I was eager to see how it was accomplished.... reading on I decided that that was not the kind of sleep I was ready to envy.! She was good at feint of pen! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/20/2018 10:19:00 AM)


    A beautiful poem on death. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (8/20/2018 8:35:00 AM)


    An observation that falls into an abysmal depth, when pondered upon. Death is a scary thought, of an unknown destination. (Report) Reply

  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (8/20/2018 7:41:00 AM)


    A vivid portrayal of death.
    Brilliantly crafted write.10
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  • (8/20/2018 3:55:00 AM)


    This is simply extraordinary about eternal sleep that today or tomorrow one is bound to experience.........
    Many many thanks Emily, we do really miss you a lot.......10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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  • Melanie Emiko (8/20/2018 3:35:00 AM)


    Within a hut of stone....well done Emily Dickinson. (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (8/20/2018 2:51:00 AM)


    What is hidden in death? What mystery lies there is the question? (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/20/2018 1:52:00 AM)


    Such a great poem by Emily Dickinson👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (8/20/2018 1:18:00 AM)


    A maverick description of death: a famous sleep. (Report) Reply

    Petals Azureblue (8/20/2018 10:23:00 AM)

    Thank you poet Khairul. Your comment is uplifting and delighting.🙏 (I hope this lands under your comment... System still confusing to me! ! !)

    Khairul Ahsan (8/20/2018 8:31:00 AM)

    Oh, what a beautiful comment. Loved the depth of the words as against brevity.

  • Indira Renganathan (10/29/2016 6:49:00 AM)


    I suppose this is about death in Emily's usual skillful write...liked it- 10 (Report) Reply

  • (5/23/2016 1:27:00 PM)


    ....with a long, long sleep...I hope we enjoy a most pleasant dream ★ (Report) Reply

  • (5/4/2014 11:29:00 AM)


    very interesting poem. I like sleep. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001



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