poems sent from dickinson to higginson
Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 1249
MANUSCRIPT: The copy reproduced above (H 351),
signed "Emily - ," was written late in 1873 or early in 1874, and sent to Sue. A variant of the
four final lines is incorporated in a letter to T. W. Higginson (BPL Higg 84) written during
Presuming on that lone result
The lines are preceded by the statement:
His infinite Disdain
But vanquished him with my Defeat
'Twas Victory was slain.
Meeting a Bird this Morning, I begun to flee - He saw it and sung.
PUBLICATION: The copy to Sue furnished the text in SH (1914), 148. The
lines to Higginson are in Letters (ed. 1894), 326; (ed. 1931), 307; also LL
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