14 February 2007 | Vol. 6, No. 4

I've got an arrow here;

I've got an arrow here;

      Loving the hand that sent it,

I the dart revere.

Fell, they will say, in 'skirmish'!

      Vanquished, my soul will know,

By but a simple arrow

      Sped by an archer's bow.

About the author:

1830-86. Dickinson lived her life in Amherst, Massachusetts, becoming, as she's famously known now, progressively reclusive. After her death, her sister discovered over 1000 poems in her bureau.

In 1862, Thomas Higginson, a well-known literary critic, published "Letter to a Young Contributor" in the Atlantic Monthly. Dickinson wrote to Higginson, asking if her "Verse is alive." She included four poems: "Safe in their Alabaster Chambers," "The nearest Dream recedes unrealized," "We play at Paste," and "I'll tell you how the Sun rose."

Learn more about Emily Dickinson at Wikipedia.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Emily Dickinson at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 6, No. 4, where "I've got an arrow here;" ran on February 14, 2007. List other work with these same labels: poetry, classic, love poem, rhyme.

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