Review of “She Dealt Her Pretty Words Like Blades” (1862)

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Emily Dickinson (writer).

Read in 2022.

A poem about the sting of a catty remark. The narrator hides a pain so immense that there is an undertone of rape (some blades “wantoned with a Bone”). I find this metaphor to be narcissistic, like “They Shut Me Up in Prose” (1862).

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