poems from dickinson to mary warner crowell

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 1637

MANUSCRIPT: This letter-poem (H L 33) was sent to Mrs. Edward P. Crowell. It is in the handwriting of 1885, and is said to have been sent to the Crowells about 2 March 1885 on the eve of their departure for a trip abroad (Letters). The first line of the poem is separated from the remaining three in such a way as to suggest it was not intended to be a part of them. It is impossible in such a jeu d'esprit to be sure where the prose leaves off and the poetry begins, a situation that in many instances ED seems to have intended. The note concludes:

I give his Angels charge -

Emily -

PUBLICATION: Letters (ed. 1894), 427; (ed. 1931), 415; also LL (1924), 374. It is also in Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly, XXIX (1946), 130.

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