Emily Dickinson

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

After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes

Poem by Emily Dickinson

After great pain, a formal feeling comes--
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Toombs--
The stiff Heart questions was it He, that bore,
And Yesterday, or Centuries before?

The Feet, mechanical, go round--
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought--
A Wooden way
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone--

This is the Hour of Lead--
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons recollect the Snow--
First--Chill--then Stupor--then the letting go--


Comments about After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes by Emily Dickinson

  • Deborah (12/18/2017 2:43:00 PM)

    Doesn't work to have the poem read by machine where - This is the Hour of Lead (led) - becomes the Hour of Lead (leed) .(Report)Reply

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (11/17/2016 8:14:00 AM)

    A very good ending....then the letting go of the pain...as usual Emily's beautiful style of a write- 10(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (9/22/2015 8:15:00 AM)

    ..........wonderfully penned....my favorite line ★ A Quartz contentment, like a stone-(Report)Reply

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  • Maria Gonzalez (7/28/2015 1:59:00 PM)

    So beautifully crafted and expressed.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (7/28/2015 11:05:00 AM)

    Emily Dickinson's poetry read and re read at leisure never disappoints.(Report)Reply

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (7/28/2015 7:43:00 AM)

    After Great Pain of rereading and rereading, it finally makes a little bit of sense. This is certainly not the best of her poems- - -far from it.(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (7/28/2015 3:52:00 AM)

    Stage by stage pain is very difficult to digest indeed!(Report)Reply

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  • Angelina Holmes (5/5/2014 8:06:00 PM)

    Beautiful and touching :)(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001

Poem Edited: Monday, May 14, 2001