poems sent from dickinson to higginson

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 1070

MANUSCRIPTS: There are three copies, two written in I866, and one written about a year earlier. That reproduced above (BPL Higg 19) was enclosed with three other poems in a letter to T. W. Higginson (BPL Higg 60) postmarked 9 June I866. The letter (not the poem) is published in Letters (ed. 1931 only), 282-283. A second fair copy (Bingham 98-4A-19) was made about the same time. It is identical in text and form with that sent to Higginson, except that it entirely lacks punctuation. Both copies are redactions of that in packet 88 (Bingham 48e) written about a year earlier, in 1865. It is identical in text with the other copies, except for the final line:

Criterion Natures here-

Its form is that of the second fair copy except for line 8, above.

PUBLICATION: The copy to Higginson is in New England Quarterly, V (1932), 219 The second fair copy is reproduced in BM (1945), 274.

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