poems sent from dickinson to elizabeth holland

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 990

MANUSCRIPTS: There are three, identical in text, all written about 1865. That reproduced above (Bingham 78c) is in packet 92. A second copy (H 298), signed "Emily -," and presumably sent to Sue, differs in form only in the punctuation of the last line:

"Not Period, that died -"

A third copy (H H 98), in pencil, addressed "Doctor." and signed "Emily -," was sent to Dr. Holland. It is without stanza division, "Hoary" (line 5) is not capitalized, a dash concludes line 7, and the punctuation of line 8 is the same as that in the copy to Sue.

PUBLICATION: The text of the copy to Dr. Holland is in Letters (ed. 1894), 177; (ed. 1931), 171; also LL (1924), 261. The text in LH (1951), 72, reproduces that in Letters.

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