poems sent from dickinson to frances and louise norcross

Thomas Johnson's Note on Poem 1297

MANUSCRIPTS: The penciled worksheet draft (Bingham 104-15) is in the handwriting of 1874. It seems to have been a draft for the poem incorporated in a letter (now lost) to the Norcross cousins and was inspired by the coming of spring. In the letter it is introduced thus:

Infinite March is here, and I "hered" a bluebird. Of course I am standing on my head!

PUBLICATION: Letters (ed. 1894), 265; (ed. 1931), 243; also LL (1924), 279. In the letter ED adopted two alternatives in line 5:

Go timid, should his testing eye

One word does not appear on the worksheet:

7. his] the

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