> Richard Seddon wrote:
> Perhaps Nasr Khalifa just needs to wait awhile.
After "awhile" we are all dead.
Hence the ambiguity -- even, perhaps, ambivalence -- in one of
I shall know why -- when Time is over --
And I have ceased to wonder why --
Christ will explain each separate anguish
In the fair schoolroom of the sky --
He will tell me what "Peter" promised --
And I -- for wonder at this woe --
I shall forget the drop of Anguish
That scalds me now -- that scalds me now!
One can read this either as a very Christian poem or as a very bitter
repudiation of the empty promise of Christianity. Does the image of
heaven as a schoolroom, for example, merely reflect an early stage in
Dickinson's development, or ar we to pause on the clash between
"schoolroom" (preparation for 'real life') and eternity (the end
> Rick Seddon
> McIntosh, NM