Emily Dickinson

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

By The Sea - Poem by Emily Dickinson

I started early, took my dog,
And visited the sea;
The mermaids in the basement
Came out to look at me.

And frigates in the upper floor
Extended hempen hands,
Presuming me to be a mouse
Aground, upon the sands.

But no man moved me till the tide
Went past my simple shoe,
And past my apron and my belt,
And past my bodice too,

And made as he would eat me up
As wholly as a dew
Upon a dandelion's sleeve -
And then I started too.

And he - he followed close behind;
I felt his silver heel
Upon my ankle, - then my shoes
Would overflow with pearl.

Until we met the solid town,
No man he seemed to know;
And bowing with a mighty look
At me, the sea withdrew.


Comments about By The Sea by Emily Dickinson

  • (6/21/2018 12:47:00 PM)


    love her poems. great and underground (Report) Reply

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  • Indira Renganathan (10/27/2016 4:59:00 AM)

    By The Sea
    very interesting write on an indifferent man while on a sea voyage- 10 (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (5/13/2014 12:32:00 PM)


    Emily dickinson Amazing poetic skills here (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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