It's like the light

Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Emily Dickinson
performance time approx 0m 50s
Price code: A
Complexity: ***

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This piece is part of the set Songs of love and longing
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This piece should sound almost as if it is being thought out for the first time - with little moments of hesitation followed by rushes of expression as the right words are found. Just as Emily Dickinson punctuated her poems with many hyphens, you can keep the listener waiting for each different comparison. The last stanza is more final in mood as well as position.


It’s like the Light —
A fashionless Delight —
It’s like the Bee —
A dateless -- Melody —

It’s like the Woods —
Private — Like the Breeze —
Phraseless —yet it stirs
The proudest Trees —

It’s like the Morning —
Best — when it’s done—
And the Everlasting Clocks —
Chime — Noon!

Emily Dickinson

(original untitled)

Poem by Emily Dickinson used by arrangement with the publishers and the Trustees of Amherst College from THE POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON, Thomas H. Johnson, ed., Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, © 1951, 1955, 1979, 1983 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. All rights reserved.

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