Inherited with Life

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To lose one's faith surpasses
The loss of an Estate,
Because Estates can be
Replenished - faith cannot.

Inherited with Life,
Belief but once can be;
Annihilate a single clause,
And Being's beggary.

- Emily Dickinson

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  1. We visited Emily Dickinson's house today, spent time in her bedroom where she wrote at night. quite an austere place. The question of her religious faith arose, but with no resolution. I have the feeling she didn't reveal all on the surface of this poem. It sounds almost like she's practicing at being conventional. But it's just a thought.

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  2. James, I wonder if ED was ever all that conventional?

    Her home must have been a wonderful place to visit. I visited a home where Keats lived, near Hampstead Heath in London. It was quite magical. Dickinson's home must be so as well.

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