This page contains some of Emily Dickinson's poetry. Listed below are the first lines from a number of poems. Click on the line to see the rest of the poem.

  • A little Madness in the Spring
  • A slash of Blue -
  • An ignorance a Sunset
  • Come slowly - Eden!
  • Dear March - Come in -
  • Did the Harebell loose her girdle
  • Four Trees - upon a solitary Acre -
  • I tend my flowers for thee -
  • In snow thou comest -
  • Much Madness is divinest Sense
  • "Why do I love" You, Sir?
  • Wild Nights - Wild Nights!

    Much Madness is divinest Sense -
    To a discerning Eye -
    Much Sense - the starkest Madness -
    'Tis the Majority
    In this, as All, prevail -
    Assent - and you are sane -
    Demur - you're straightway dangerous -
    And handled with a Chain -

    A little Madness in the Spring
    Is wholesome even for the King,
    But God be with the Clown -
    Who ponders this tremendous scene -
    This whole Experiment of Green -
    As if it were his own!

    Wild Nights - Wild Nights!
    Were I with thee
    Wild Nights should be
    Our luxury!

    Futile - the Winds -
    To a Heart in port -
    Done with the Compass -
    Done with the Chart!

    Rowing in Eden -
    Ah, the Sea!
    Might I but moor - Tonight -
    In Thee!

    Did the Harebell loose her girdle
    To the lover Bee
    Would the Bee the Harebell hallow
    Much as formerly?

    Did the "Paradise" - persuaded -
    Yield her moat of pearl -
    Would the Eden be an Eden,
    Or the Earl - an Earl?

    Come slowly - Eden!
    Lips unused to Thee -
    Bashful - sip thy Jessamines -
    As the fainting Bee -

    Reaching late his flower,
    Round her chamber hums -
    Counts his nectars -
    Enters - and is lost is Balms.

    "Why do I love" You, Sir?
    Because -
    The Wind does not require the Grass
    To answer - Wherefore when He pass
    She cannot keep Her place.

    Because He knows - and
    Do not You -
    And We know not -
    Enough for Us
    The Wisdom it be so -

    The Lightning - never asked an Eye
    Wherefore it shut - when He was by -
    Because He knows it cannot speak -
    And reasons not contained -
    - Of Talk -
    There be - preferred by Daintier Folk -

    The Sunrise - Sir - compelleth Me -
    Because He's Sunrise - and I see -
    Therefore - Then -
    I love Thee -

    A slash of Blue -
    A sweep of Gray -
    Some scarlet patches on the way,
    Compose an Evening Sky -
    A little purple - slipped between -
    Some Ruby Trousers hurried on -
    A Wave of Gold -
    A Bank of Day -
    This just makes out the Morning Sky.

    An ignorance a Sunset
    Confer upon the Eye -
    Of Territory - Color -
    Circumference - Decay -

    Its Amber Revelation
    Exhilarate - Debase -
    Omnipotence' inspection
    Of Our inferior face -

    And when the solemn features
    Confirm - in Victory -
    We start - as if detected
    In Immortality -

    Dear March - Come in -
    How glad I am -
    I hoped for you before -
    Put down your Hat -
    You must have walked -
    How out of Breath you are -
    Dear March, how are you, and the Rest -
    Did you leave Nature well -
    Oh March, Come right up stairs with me -
    I have so much to tell -

    I got your Letter, and the Birds -
    The Maples never knew that you were coming - til I called
    I declare - how Red their Faces grew -
    But March, forgive me - and
    All those Hills you left for me to Hue -
    There was no Purple suitable -
    You took it all with you -

    Who knocks? That April.
    Lock the Door -
    I will nt be pursued -
    He stayed away a Year to call
    When I am occupied -
    But trifles took so trivial
    As soon as you have come

    That Blame is just as dear as Praise
    And Praise as mere as Blame -

    Four Trees - upon a solitary Acre -
    Without Design
    Or Order, or Apparent Action -
    Maintain -

    The Sun - upon a Morning meets them -
    The Wind -
    No nearer Neighbor - have they -
    But God -

    The Acre gives them - Place -
    They - Him - Attention of Passer by -
    Of Shadow, or of Squirrel, haply -
    Or Boy -

    What Deed is Theirs unto the General Nature -
    What Plan
    They severally - retard - or further -
    Unknown -

    I tend my flowers for thee -
    Bright Absentee!
    My Fuchsia's Coral Seams
    Rip - while the Sower - dreams -

    Geraniums - tint - and spot -
    Low Daisies - dot -
    My Cactus - splits her Beard
    To show her throat -

    Carnations - tip their spice -
    And Bees - pick up -
    A Hyacinth - I hid -
    Puts out a Ruffled Head -
    And odors fall
    From flasks - so small -
    You marvel how they held -

    Globe Roses - break their satin flake -
    Upon my Garden floor -
    Yet - thou - not there -
    I had as lief they bore
    No Crimson - more -

    Thy flower - be gay -
    Her Lord - away!
    It ill becometh me -
    I'll dwell in Calyx - Gray -
    How modestly - alway -
    Thy Daisy -
    Draped for thee!

    In snow thou comest -
    Thou shalt go with the resuming ground,
    The sweet derision of the crow,
    And Glee's advancing sound.

    In fear thou comest -
    Thou shalt go at such a gait of joy
    That man anew embark to live
    Upon the depth of thee.