Opening Lines of Emily Dickinson Poems Not to Be Used as Pickup Lines

144 – I never hear the word “Escape”

185 – A wife at daybreak I shall be

225 – I’m wife, I’ve finished that

253 – I’ve nothing else to bring, you know

260 – I’m nobody! Who are you?

295 – Father – I bring thee not myself

303 – Alone I cannot be

311 – I know some lonely houses off the road

315 – To die – takes just a little while –

332 – Doubt me! My dim companion!

336 – Before I got my eye put out

339 – I like a look of agony

341 – ‘Tis so appalling, it exhilarates

344 – ‘Twas just this time, last year, I died.

372 – After great pain, a formal feeling comes

407 – One need not be a chamber to be haunted

456 – A prison gets to be a friend

524 – It feels a shame to be alive

541 – The test of love is death

591 – I heard a fly buzz when I died

614 – Twas warm at first like us

890 –  A coffin is a small domain

937 – Not all die early dying young

966 – A death blow is a life blow to some

1050 – I am afraid to own a body

1263 – Tell all the truth but tell it slant

1335 – Floss won’t save you from an abyss

1346 – I send you a decrepit flower

1470 – Death is the supple suitor

1608 – Candor – my tepid friend

1649 – Back from the cordial grave I drag thee

1774 – A face devoid of love or grace

 

Previously: How to Grow a Husband Tree

Lizzy Straus is an MFA student at Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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