- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 19
Dickinson, E. (1896). Life, Poem 16. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved March 11, 2014, from
Dickinson, Emily. "Life, Poem 16." The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Lit2Go Edition. 1896. Web. <>. March 11, 2014.
Emily Dickinson, "Life, Poem 16," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed March 11, 2014,.
Surgeons must be very careful
When they take the knife!
Underneath their fine incisions
Stirs the culprit, — Life!