• Ana Savković

Emily Dickinson: The Quality of Loss/A Light in Spring


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Pain has an element of blank


Pain has an element of blank;

It cannot recollect

When it began, or if there were

A day when it was not.


It has no future but itself,

Its infinite realms contain

Its past, enlightened to perceive

New periods of pain.



Hope is the thing with feathers


Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all,


And sweetest in the gale is heard;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm.


I've heard it in the chillest land,

And on the strangest sea;

Yet, never, in extremity,

It asked a crumb of me.



A light exists in spring

A light exists in spring

Not present on the year

At any other period.

When March is scarcely here


A color stands abroad

On solitary hills

That science cannot overtake,

But human nature feels.


It waits upon the lawn,

It shows the furthest tree

Upon the furthest slope we know;

It almost speaks to me.


Then, as horizons step,

Or noons report away,

Without the formula of sound,

It passes, and we stay;


A quality of loss

Affecting our content,

As trade had suddenly encroached

Upon a sacrament.



Source: Selected poems of Emily Dickinson (Dickinson, E. (2016.), Selected poems of Emily Dickinson, New York: Fall River Press)


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