I would not paint — a picture —

I would not paint — a picture —
The advice for this poem: read it slowly. This is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. We ‘re publishing this one because December is Emily Dickinson Month. This is poem 348, "I would not paint — a picture —"

The advice for this poem: read it slowly. This is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. We ‘re publishing this one because December is Emily Dickinson Month. This is poem 348, I would not paint — a picture —

About the poem

She would rather be the audience, than the artists. This shows how she saw herself: that modest person, who did not prefer to be in the spotlights. Little did she know: she would be in those spotlights after her death and starting from the moment her work was (finally) published.

There is no difference when it comes to the creativity to turn to. This can be music, painting and writing (poetry).

For her, it’s better to be entertained by others. But, there is more: as her heart is broken so many times, she wished she would be the bystander, not the one who suffered these pains.

I would not paint — a picture —

I would not paint — a picture —

I would not paint — a picture —
I’d rather be the One
It’s bright impossibility
To dwell — delicious — on —
And wonder how the fingers feel
Whose rare — celestial — stir —
Evokes so sweet a torment —
Such sumptuous — Despair —

I would not talk, like Cornets —
I’d rather be the One
Raised softly to the Ceilings —
And out, and easy on —
Through Villages of Ether —
Myself endued Balloon
By but a lip of Metal —
The pier to my Pontoon —

Nor would I be a Poet —
It’s finer — Own the Ear —
Enamored — impotent — content —
The License to revere,
A privilege so awful
What would the Dower be,
Had I the Art to stun myself
With Bolts — of Melody!

Emily Dickinson

December

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10th 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts (US). Because of this, we decided to make December into Emily Dickinson Month. Read more about her on our Wiki-page.

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