Wisdom from Emily Dickinson

“I’ll tell you how the sun rose a ribbon at a time,” Emily Dickinson wrote.

In another poem, she said, “The moon was but a chin of gold a night or two ago.”

And, one autumn day, Emily observed, “The morns are meeker than they were, the nuts are getting brown; the berry’s cheek is plumper, the rose is out of town.”

Frances Schoonmaker Bolin, in her book Emily Dickinson—Poetry for Young People, says that Emily may have inherited “her vision of ordinary things as beautiful and wonderful” from her father.

Edward Dickinson, Bolin explains, once rang the church bells to tell everyone in town about a spectacular sunset.

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One Response to “Wisdom from Emily Dickinson”

  1. Mary Hunter November 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    I think that’s cool that she rang the church bells to tell everyone about the sunset. 🙂


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