- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 77
Dickinson, E. (1896). Nature, Poem 31. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 27, 2015, from
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Emily Dickinson, "Nature, Poem 31," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed January 27, 2015,.
There's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.
Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are.
None may teach it anything,
' T is the seal, despair, —
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air.
When it comes, the landscape listens,
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, 't is like the distance
On the look of death.