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There is a sense of neither one thing nor the other, of being on the cusp or threshold in much, arguably all, of Dickinson’s work.  In 668, for example, the sense of knowing but failing to articulate suggests the mid-point in a rite of passage from innocence to experience, from ignorance into the symbolic order.  However, ironically, the direction of travel seems to be inverted, from wisdom into simplicity, as we are both alienated from, and informed, by Nature:
"Nature is what we know—
Yet have no art to say—
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity"


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