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Posted by: bertha (
Date: March 28, 2004 06:13PM

What does it mean in "'Twas just this time last year i died" when it says: "I thought just how red apples wedged/The stubble's joints between"? Also, in this poem it says: "And when Thanksgiving came,/If father'd multiply the plates/To make an even sum." What does this mean?

Re: EmilyDickinsonPoem
Posted by: Linda (
Date: March 28, 2004 06:26PM

Could the apples be packed in straw to prevent them bruising? Might a place be laid for her, by mistake, at Thanksgiving dinner?

Re: EmilyDickinsonPoem
Posted by: Hugh Clary (
Date: March 28, 2004 07:28PM

'Twas just this time, last year, I died.
I know I heard the Corn,
When I was carried by the Farms—
It had the Tassels on—

I thought how yellow it would look—
When Richard went to mill—
And then, I wanted to get out,
But something held my will.

I thought just how Red—Apples wedged
The Stubble's joints between—
And the Carts stooping round the fields
To take the Pumpkins in—

I wondered which would miss me, least,
And when Thanksgiving, came,
If Father'd multiply the plates—
To make an even Sum—

And would it blur the Christmas glee
My Stocking hang too high
For any Santa Claus to reach
The Altitude of me—

But this sort, grieved myself,
And so, I thought the other way,
How just this time, some perfect year—
Themself, should come to me—

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