Emily Dickinson

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

'Tis So Much Joy! - Poem by Emily Dickinson

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'Tis so much joy! 'Tis so much joy!
If I should fail, what poverty!
And yet, as poor as I,
Have ventured all upon a throw!
Have gained! Yes! Hesitated so—
This side the Victory!

Life is but Life! And Death, but Death!
Bliss is, but Bliss, and Breath but Breath!
And if indeed I fail,
At least, to know the worst, is sweet!
Defeat means nothing but Defeat,
No drearier, can befall!

And if I gain! Oh Gun at Sea!
Oh Bells, that in the Steeples be!
At first, repeat it slow!
For Heaven is a different thing,
Conjectured, and waked sudden in—
And might extinguish me!

Topic(s) of this poem: happiness


Comments about 'Tis So Much Joy! by Emily Dickinson

  • (6/9/2016 2:14:00 AM)


    This is a really nice poem but i don't see sorrow anywhere Gangadharan. Instead in this poem the poet is filled with joy. (Report) Reply

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  • Kim Barney (3/8/2015 2:03:00 PM)


    Deep sorrow, Gangadharan?
    'Tis so much joy! 'Tis so much joy!
    I like most of Dickinson's poetry, but this is certainly not one of her best, and hardly deserves Poem of the Day when so many better ones could have been chosen.
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  • (3/8/2015 9:50:00 AM)


    deep sorrow the expression of the poem. very interesting poetry. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 18, 2014


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