Review of “It Sifts From Leaden Sieves” (1862)


Emily Dickinson (writer).

Read in 2022.

I read the five-stanza version first, then a three-stanza version. It’s just a riddle where Dickinson struggles to avoid saying what she means, but by this point, she has gotten good enough as a poet that the language itself is pleasant.

References here: “Two Butterflies went Out at Noon” (1862/1863).

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