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“Him A Man”

In Poetry and Literature on January 13, 2010 at 7:09 am

“Fate slow him, but he did not drop;
She felled-he did not fall-
Impaled him on her fiercest stakes-
He neutralized them all.
She stung him, sapped his firm advance,
But, when her worst was done,
And he, unmoved, regarded her,
Acknowledged him a man.”
-Emily Dickinson

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