In this springtime episode, I look at two Emily Dickinson poems: "Whose are the little beds I asked," and "As Children bid the Guest 'Good Night.'" These poems contain maternal images and compare flowers to children.
Note: A Leontodon is a Dandilon, which Emily seemed to appreciate more than modern gardeners.
The Gentian weaves her fringes--
Death sets a Thing significant
The morns are meeker than they were
After Great pain a formal feeling comes
The face I cary with me last--
A Bird came down the Walk—
Before I got my eye put out
I cannot dance upon my Toes—
Some keep the Sabbath going to Church
Of all the Sounds despatched abroad,
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