A Long, Long Sleep by Emily Dickinson

A long, long sleep, a famous sleep
That makes no show for dawn
By strech of limb or stir of lid, —
An independent one.

Was ever idleness like this?
Within a hut of stone
To bask the centuries away
Nor once look up for noon?

Poet: Emily Dickinson
American
1830 – 1886

One of America’s greatest and most original poets, Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born in Massachusetts. She was considered an eccentric by her local community and never married, instead she spent most of her life in reclusive isolation. She was a prolific private poet and fewer than a dozen of her almost 1800 poems were published during her lifetime. Of those poems that were published most were altered by the publishers to conform to the conventional poetic rules of the time. Many of poems are on the themes of death and immortality.

Emily Dickinson

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