poems sent from dickinson to mary bowles

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 85

MANUSCRIPTS: There are two, both written about 1859. That reproduced above (Bingham), in pencil, is addressed "Mrs Bowles -" and signed "Emily." The copy in packet 7 (H 30c) is identical in form except that dashes, not commas, are used in line 1, only "dared" is italicized, and a comma follows "Sovreign" (line 7). Line 5 reads: "I could have not told it," but ED wrote 1 over "not" and 2 over "have." That order she adopted in the copy to Mrs. Bowles.

PUBLICATION: The text of the copy to Mrs. Bowles is in Letters (ed. 1894), 217; (ed. 1931), 204; also LL (1924), 255. Only "I" is italicized.

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