poet Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

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A Man May Make A Remark

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A Man may make a Remark—
In itself—a quiet thing
That may furnish the Fuse unto a Spark
In dormant nature—lain—

Let us deport—with skill—
Let us discourse—with care—
Powder exists in Charcoal—
Before it exists in Fire.

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (4/21/2020 7:47:00 PM)

    Powder exists in Charcoal before it exists in fire. Words have power to ignite fire.....yes lets all be sensible.....

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (4/21/2020 8:30:00 AM)

    So short yet so succinct! A poem of the day full of wisdom!

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  • paul amrod (4/21/2020 8:22:00 AM)

    For her time in the middle of the 19th Century she was highly innovative.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (4/21/2020 7:16:00 AM)

    Let us deport—with skill—
    Let us discourse—with care—
    Powder exists in Charcoal—
    Before it exists in Fire////superb poem, really thought provoking

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (4/21/2020 6:42:00 AM)

    A great thought provoking poem, profound and nicely composed.

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (4/21/2020 6:39:00 AM)

    Diamond is a form of charcoal! Thanks for sharing here and reminding me of diamond in charcoal!

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/21/2020 6:31:00 AM)

    Peaceful! !
    Let us discours with care.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/21/2020 2:05:00 AM)

    Powder exists in Charcoal—
    Before it exists in Fire.... meaningful inscription. Beautifully composed by Emily Dickinson.

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (4/21/2020 12:57:00 AM)

    In this poem I think that Emily Dickinson is suggesting that, although a remark may seem innocuous, ' a quiet thing', it can nevetheless be the fuse which lights a fire. It can be the vital spart to hitherto unrealised meanings and possibilities. I think in the second stanza Dickinson is perhaps referring to war. It is evident that language has the power to manipulate as well as to create,

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  • John AgandinJohn Agandin (10/31/2019 7:39:00 AM)

    A very apt warning to those constantly beating the war drums!

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (9/22/2019 9:51:00 PM)

    An intriguing write may be with some hidden message through a short melody.

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  • Kevin PatrickKevin Patrick (9/22/2018 3:25:00 PM)

    Language has a power to change and alter states of being, even a remark that sounds like a throw away quip, can have a power of lightning if taken the wrong way. Another fabulous observation from one of the greatest poets of the medium.

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (11/4/2016 10:27:00 AM)

    this sounds like a riddle...I fail to make it out...but Emily, your poems are always magical- 10

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  • * Sunprincess * (4/29/2014 10:10:00 PM)

    .......very observant and a wonderful write..

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