Emily Dickinson

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

This Quiet Dust Was Gentlemen And Ladies - Poem by Emily Dickinson

This quiet dust was gentlemen and ladies
And lads and girls;
Was laughter and ability and sighing,
And frocks and curls;

This passive place a summer's nimble mansion,
Where bloom and bees
Fulfilled their oriental circuit,
Then ceased like these.


Comments about This Quiet Dust Was Gentlemen And Ladies by Emily Dickinson

  • Robert Merrett (12/20/2016 7:17:00 PM)

    We are all of the same
    Fantastic descriptive concept of how we are all ultimately from and to the same source (Report) Reply

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  • (6/15/2016 1:53:00 PM)


    ..............possibly this passive place is a cemetery...and the dust is the gentlemen and ladies
    since they say, dust to dust and ashes to ashes ★ extraordinary poem
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  • (2/16/2008 9:47:00 PM)


    I think of this poem as a stroll through a cemetery, looking at the gravestones and recognizing that each of them represents a unique individual. (Report) Reply

  • (11/11/2004 5:10:00 PM)


    The dust was the gentlemen and ladies, does this mean that the gentlemen and ladies were dead? I think so. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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