poems sent from dickinson to higginson

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 1208

MANUSCRIPT: There are two, identical in text, both written late in 1872. The copy reproduced above (H 306), signed "Emily-," was sent to Sue. That below is incorporated in a letter to T. W. Higginson (BPL Higg 67), written in December.

Our own Possessions though our own
'Tis well to hoard anew
Remembering the dimensions
Of Possibility.

PUBLICATION: The quatrain to Sue is unpublished. In the letter to Higginson, ED incorporated the lines into the text seemingly as prose, and they are so printed in Letters (ed. 1894), 316; (ed. 1931), 290; also LL (1924), 277.

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