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J448

This was a Poet - It is That
Distills amazing sense
From ordinary Meanings -
And Attar so immense

From the familiar species
That perished by the Door -
We wonder it was not Ourselves
Arrested it - before -

Of Pictures, the Discloser -
The Poet - it is He -
Entitles Us - by Contrast -
To ceaseless Poverty -

Of Portion - so unconscious -
The Robbing - could not harm -
Himself - to Him - a Fortune -
Exterior - to Time -

c. 1862                    1929

 

Here we have another impressive "distillation" of Emersonian thinking. Here she manages to express in four short stanzas a great deal of what Emerson elaborately explains in his essay "The Poet" (1844).