Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

A Charm invests a face Poem by Emily Dickinson


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A Charm invests a face
Imperfectly beheld—
The Lady dare not lift her Veil
For fear it be dispelled—

But peers beyond her mesh—
And wishes—and denies—
Lest Interview—annul a want
That Image—satisfies—

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Edited: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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  • Gold Star - 13,881 Points * Sunprincess * (4/29/2014 9:47:00 PM)

    ..........a beautiful write....enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (4/25/2014 5:36:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,881 Points * Sunprincess * (3/29/2014 8:46:00 PM)

    ........this poem gives me the imagery of the bridal veil....and the bride not lifting it until time for the kiss.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Phillip Robinson (3/17/2014 4:31:00 PM)

    Typo on date. Should be dare. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Billy Christover (5/22/2010 10:47:00 AM)

    hmm...i guess..
    when she wrote this poem, she looked in the mirror, and admired her own face.
    but she's afraid to get old and lose her charm.
    haha... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Adam Sobh (4/10/2009 11:53:00 AM)

    I'm doing a project on Emily Dickinson for my 11th grade American Literature class, and i need to find a poem by Miss Emily Dickinson and then analyze it, i chose this poem, but i don't really understand it, so if anybody could please explain it to me and help me to better understand it, i would be extremely grateful. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Priyanka Choudhury (6/28/2008 6:55:00 AM)

    yeah.so many of us still live in a perpetual effort to keep up the so called 'charm' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Atsiylah Garfinkel (1/18/2008 5:51:00 PM)

    note to who ever submitted this Dickinson Poem: 'Dare' not date, simple typo. (Report) Reply

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