Emily Dickinson

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

I Died For Beauty

Poem by Emily Dickinson

I died for beauty, but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.

He questioned softly why I failed?
"For beauty," I replied.
"And I for truth - the two are one;
We brethren are," he said.

And so, as kinsmen met a-night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss had reached our lips,
And covered up our names.


Comments about I Died For Beauty by Emily Dickinson

  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (4/14/2019 7:10:00 PM)

    Perfect and wonderful words by dear Emily.(Report)Reply

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  • Iftekhar IftiIftekhar Ifti (2/20/2019 1:59:00 PM)

    Like poet I also can die for beauty(Report)Reply

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  • TUTUBENE (6/16/2018 1:55:00 PM)

    it says ooohhh lololololol git used to it! ! ! ! ! ! !
    olololololo
    im 253234465 yrs old
    lololololol(Report)Reply

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  • Sakalabaktula SairajSakalabaktula Sairaj (10/31/2017 5:26:00 AM)

    so nice and good poem i read it and good poet too(Report)Reply

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  • Tapan M. SarenTapan M. Saren (4/23/2017 9:09:00 AM)

    Nice poem and good poet.......(Report)Reply

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  • Daniel JonesDaniel Jones (2/26/2017 4:24:00 AM)

    Really enjoyed the feel of this poem, Thank you.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/15/2016 11:11:00 AM)

    ...........truth is certainly beautiful....an amazing pen ★(Report)Reply

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  • Bill Knotts (12/4/2013 6:59:00 PM)

    When you see truth as beauty, to the rest of the world you are as the dead for no one listens to what you say.(Report)Reply

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  • Jiang Yunsheng (2/20/2008 7:34:00 PM)

    This poem reminds me of 'Beauty is truth, truth beauty, -that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.' -by John Keats.

    Great minds think alike.(Report)Reply

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  • Jiang Yunsheng (2/20/2008 6:15:00 AM)

    Beauty and death -- eternal literary subject!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003