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A Thought Went Up My Mind Today
Emily Dickinson


A Thought went up my mind today --
That I have had before --
But did not finish -- some way back --
I could not fix the Year --

Nor where it went -- nor why it came
The second time to me --
Nor definitely, what it was --
Have I the Art to say --

But somewhere -- in my Soul -- I know --
I've met the Thing before --
It just reminded me -- 'twas all --
And came my way no more --

This poem is in the public domain.


Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) is considered a major American poet, though she was not accorded this honor until well after her death, when her younger sister discovered and began to share the enormous body of work that Emily left behind. A recluse who almost always wore white, Emily was born to a prominent Massachusetts family and spent the bulk of her life inside her home in Amherst. Only seven of her poems were published during her lifetime, and virtually none were published as originally written until the mid 1950s. (Emily’s odd punctuation, capitalization, and formatting did not meet with standard publishing  “approval” for earlier editions.)  There is a whimsical nature to many of her poems, although the subject of death was the most frequent recurring theme.




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nobody does it better...thanks, Emily. Judy
Posted 12/31/2011 01:34 PM
Surely Emily's punctuation and whimsical thought ran deep within her, leaving her readers wondering the beauty of her thoughts, so duly critized by those who do not understand the unique abilities of a poet's psyche. Indeed this was a lovely one.
Posted 12/31/2011 12:16 PM
Ah Emily, such precision, every word 'on point' . . . some think of her as the mother of twentieth century American poetry and ole Walt as the father. Thanks to Jayne for the diversity of her readings and selections.
Posted 12/30/2011 10:16 AM

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