Death surrounds us all. There is no sense to deny this, especially when reading the words of Emily Dickinson. As part of our Emily Dickinson Month, it’s time to analyze the poem Behind Me – dips Eternity —.
About the poem
It is one different poem, then most poems written by Dickinson. This poem leans on the thought that death is part of our lives, probably more than we want. Maybe, it’s just living that is the factor that disrupts this thing we know as eternity. With this thought, she breaks with the common thought about how life is ended by death.
Dickinson tells us about this Kingdom, where all things are perfect. This is the place, where divinity resides. She will be a witness as it comes to time, nature and distance: immortality.
Behind Me – dips Eternity —
Behind Me — dips Eternity —
Before Me — Immortality —
Myself — the Term between —
Death but the Drift of Eastern Gray,
Dissolving into Dawn away,
Before the West begin —
‘Tis Kingdoms — afterward — they say —
In perfect — pauseless Monarchy —
Whose Prince — is Son of None —
Himself — His Dateless Dynasty —
Himself — Himself diversify —
In Duplicate divine —
‘Tis Miracle before Me — then —
‘Tis Miracle behind — between —
A Crescent in the Sea —
With Midnight to the North of Her —
And Midnight to the South of Her —
And Maelstrom — in the Sky –