poems sent from dickinson to elizabeth holland

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 1516

MANUSCRIPTS: There are two fair copies. That reproduced above (H B 143) was sent to Sue, probably late in 1881. A variant version concludes a letter (H H 62) written to Mrs. J. G. Holland in late October of the same year:

No Autumn's intercepting Chill
Appalls that Tropic Breast -
But African Exuberance
And Asiatic Rest.

For a preliminary variant of the first two lines, see the poem beginning "His oriental heresies."

PUBLICATION: The copy to Sue is in SH (1914), 124; that to Mrs. Holland in LH (1951), 154.

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