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Dickinson, Emily - A hallowed thing to drop a life Into the purple well

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Type of spiritual experience

A description of the experience

A hallowed thing – to drop a life
Into the purple well
Too plummetless – that it returns
Eternity – until

 I pondered how the bliss would look
And would it feel as big
When I could take it in my hand
As hovering seen through fog

 And then the size of this small life
The sages call it small
Swelled like horizons in my vest
And I sneered softly – ‘small’!

The source of the experience

Dickinson, Emily

Concepts and Symbols used in the text or image

Egg

Activities

References and further reading

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson