Poem 466

Poem 466
Poem 466 by Emily Dickinson
For the poems Emily Dickinson wrote she had no title. The titles were later added, mostly based on the first sentence of the poem. Poem 466 is unofficially called I dwell in Possibility.


Dickinson is and was a great inspiration for many poets. Her work strikes out and today it still inspires others.

If you like the work of Dickinson, you would probably like the work of Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost, William Blake and Walt Whitman. Not all these poets where inspired by Dickinson though.

About the poem

The setting of this poem can be called dreamy. The fair house she describes in this poem, could this be the house she grew up in and stayed during the rest of her life? Since Dickinson spend most of her time in the solitude of her room, the house must have given her some comfort. One might state the same for the visitors that stopped by.

In the poem Wild nights – Wild nights! Dickinson wrote about her sexuality and, probably, the love she felt at one time in her life.

Poem 466

 By Emily Dickinson

Poem 466

I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors –
Of Chambers as the Cedars –
Impregnable of eye –
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –
Of Visitors – the fairest –
For Occupation – This –
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise –

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