poems sent from dickinson to elizabeth holland

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 1333

MANUSCRIPTS: There are two fair copies, both in pencil and both written about 1875, identical in text and form; one was sent to Sue (H 229), and the other (Jones Library) was sent to Mrs. J. G. Holland and is signed "Emily." In addition there is a worksheet (Bingham 104-1), written at the same time, especially interesting because of the elaborate experiments ED conducted to find a satisfactory substitute for two words in line 5:

A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King
But God be with the Clown
Who ponders this Tremendous scene
This sudden legacy of Green
As if it were his own

5. sudden legacy] fair Apocalypse of Green
          [strikethrough: whole]
   This whole Apocalypse of Green -
          experience -
          Astonishment -
          Periphery -
    wild experiment

PUBLICATION: SH (1914), 40 - from the copy to Sue; and LH (1951), 106 - from the copy to Mrs. Holland.

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