poems sent from dickinson to higginson

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 827

MANUSCRIPTS: The copy reproduced above, written in 1864, is in packet 39 (H 130a). The first stanza is incorporated in a letter (BPL Higg 57) written to T. W. Higginson in early June 1864. He was with his regiment in the South and she in Cambridge undergoing eye treatment. She is writing in pencil and comments on her imposed limitations. After inquiring for his health she says:

The only News I know
Is Bulletins all day
From Immortality.

PUBLICATION: The letter to Higginson was first published in Atlantic Monthly, LXVIII (October 1891), 450, in an article which Higginson wrote dealing with the letters and poems he had received from ED. It was collected in Letters (ed. 1894), 311; (ed. 1931), 280; also LL (1924), 262. The four stanzas are in FP (1929), 115. All suggested changes are rejected.

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