Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE WAKING YEAR, by EMILY DICKINSON



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THE WAKING YEAR, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A lady red upon [or, amid] the hill
Last Line: Were nothing very odd!
Subject(s): Spring


A LADY red upon the hill
Her annual secret keeps;
A lady white within the field
In placid lily sleeps!

The tidy breezes with their brooms
Sweep vail, and hill, and tree!
Prithee, my pretty housewives!
Who may expected be?

The neighbors do not yet suspect!
The woods exchange a smile, --
Orchard, and buttercup, and bird,
In such a little while!

And yet how still the landscape stands,
How nonchalant the wood,
As if the resurrection
Were nothing very odd!





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