"I Could Not Have Defined the Change": Rereading Dickinson's Definition Poetry

  title={"I Could Not Have Defined the Change": Rereading Dickinson's Definition Poetry},
  author={Jed Deppman},
  journal={The Emily Dickinson Journal},
  pages={49 - 80}
  • Jed Deppman
  • Published 2002
  • Philosophy
  • The Emily Dickinson Journal
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