Emily Dickinson's Nature Mysticism : A Photo Poetic Labyrinth|
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|Circuit IV - (27) Nature Is What We See (J-0668) (F-0721)|
(1) Nature is what we see,
The Hill, the Afternoon
(2) Squirrel, Eclipse, the Bumble-bee,
Nay Nature is Heaven.
(3) Nature is what we hear,
The Bobolink, the Sea
(4) Thunder, the Cricket
Nay Nature is Harmony.
(5) Nature is what we know
But have no Art to say,
(6) So impotent our Wisdom is
To Her Simplicity.
(Below: an original manuscript version
without editing or imposed lineation.)
(1) "Nature" is what
The Hill the
(2) Squirrel Eclipse
the Bumble bee
Nay Nature is
(3) Nature is what
(4) Thunder the
Nay Nature is
(5) Nature is what
Yet have no art
(6) So impotent our
To her Simplicity.
~ Emily Dickinson
|Commentary adapted from Emily Dickinson's Poems & Letters|
"The Bible must have had us in mind, when it gave|
that liquid Commandment [Behold the lilies of the field!] . . .
Your account of the Lilies was so fresh I could almost pick
them." ~ (L #897) (Biblical ref: Matthew 6:28-29)
"How strange that Nature does not knock
does not intrude! ~ (L #510)
"The single flower of the Earth that I, in passing by|
unconscious was [that is] Great Nature's Face
passed infinite by me." ~ (J-0978) (F-0843)
a combination is
of crickets |
crows and retrospects and a dissembling breeze."
~ (J-1271) (F-1313)
"The tapestries of Paradise so notelessly are made!"|
~ (J-0278) (F-0306)
"Four trees upon a solitary acre without Design |
or order, or apparent action maintain "
"These are the visions baffled Guido
Titian never told
Domenichino dropped the pencil powerless to unfold."
~ (J-0291) (F-0327)
This is my letter to the World
That never wrote to Me
The simple News that Nature told
With tender Majesty
Her Message is committed
To Hands I cannot see
For love of Her Sweet countrymen
Judge tenderly of Me
~ (J-0441) (F-0519)
|(6) "Nature, that Sweet Parishioner, trust her." (Fragment #91)|
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