On [:] Poetry | Emily Dickinson to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1870

Carl Larsson Portrait of Dora Lamm 1900
Carl Larsson, Portrait of Dora Lamm, 1900

“If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?”

 Emily Dickinson, Letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 16 August 1870


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