Death sets a thing significant by Emily Dickinson
"Death sets a thing significant" is written about how after a death, the things left behind are often cherished by loved ones, no matter how insignificant they seemed when the dead was living. This poem addresses the feelings and some objects which were insignificant ("crayon or in wool").
"Death sets a thing significant" is a four stanza poem with the first, second, and fourth stanzas consisting of four lines while the third stanza consists of eight. The second and fourth lines of each stanza rhyme while the first and third do not. The third stanza has a rhyme scheme of ABCBDEFE.
Johnson number: 360
Death sets a thing significant Death sets a thing significant The eye had hurried by, Except a perished creature Entreat us tenderly To ponder little workmanships In crayon or in wool, With "This was last her fingers did," Industrious until The thimble weighed too heavy, The stitches stopped themselves, And then 't was put among the dust Upon the closet shelves. A book I have, a friend gave, Whose pencil, here and there, Had notched the place that pleased him,-- At rest his fingers are. Now, when I read, I read not, For interrupting tears Obliterate the etchings Too costly for repairs.
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