Jan 19 Emily Dickinson: I Never Saw A Moor

I’m going a little off topic today, because it’s Saturday and time for me to post some of my favorite poems. I was introduced to this poem when in choir, someone had given this poem musical accompaniment (and no, it’s not the tune to the Yellow Rose of Texas). We rehearsed it and rehearsed it and now whenever I read a story about the moors (Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Hound of the Baskervilles), I can’t help but sing this song – the description of the moors sound painfully beautiful to me, yet it’s true, I never did see a moor.

According to my professors there was only ever one photo taken of Ms. Dickinson, but here is a second one and more accurate; she was known as the lady in white.

I Never Saw A Moor

by Emily Dickinson

I never saw a moor,
I never saw the sea;
Yet I know how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.

I never spoke with God,
Nor visited in Heaven;
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if a chart were given.

Visions of moors


About penneloppe

I like to write horror, dark fantasy and crime fiction. Sometimes, I'll write science fiction, but usually I like to write science fact. I also write screenplays and stage plays. My day job is office work. I live in Seattle and I have a cat.
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