Emily Dickinson Affirms a Soul

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The Props assist the House
Until the House is built
And then the Props withdraw
And adequate, erect,
The House support itself
And cease to recollect
The Augur and the Carpenter –
Just such a retrospect
Hath the perfected Life –
A Past of Plank and Nail
And slowness – then the scaffolds drop
Affirming it a Soul –

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  1. So clever this – that she kept line 5 ‘The House support itself’ singular (not ‘supports’ itself). And again at line 12 – ‘Affirming it a Soul -‘ An essay on these few lines wouldn’t suffice: genius. Thanks v. much for posting.

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  2. “The Props assist the House
    Until the House is built
    And then the Props withdraw
    And adequate, erect,
    The House support itself”

    I used to teach English Lit at the high school level. I noted that at least 90% of the students would say that that the above passage is about a house…and nothing more.

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