Weekly Interlinear Poem




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Robert Jackson

This is the poem for the week of January 12.
A new interlinear poem is available each Monday.


The day came slow

-Emily Dickinson


The day came slow (till five o'clock)
Then sprang before the hills,
sprang=jumped out
Like hindered rubies or the light
hindered=[colors] squeezed together
rubies=the red colors of sunrise
light=flash from gunfire
A sudden musket spills.

The purple could not keep the east.
keep the east=hold onto the eastern sky
The sunrise shook from fold.
shook from fold=shook itself out like a butterfly unfolding from its cocoon
Like breadths of topaz, packed at night,
breadths of topaz=wide swaths of topaz color
The lady just unrolled.
The lady just unrolled=the sunrise spread like the unrolling of a butterfly

The happy winds their timbrels took.
timbrels=tambourine-like drums
took=took in hand
The birds in docile rows
Arranged themselves around their prince
(The wind is prince of those).

The orchard sparkled like a Jew.
like a Jew=like a person adorned with jewelry
How mighty 'twas to stay
A guest in this stupendous place,
The parlor of the day.
parlor=living room





The day came slow (till five o'clock)
Then sprang before the hills,
Like hindered rubies or the light
A sudden musket spills.

The purple could not keep the east.
The sunrise shook from fold.
Like breadths of topaz, packed at night,
The lady just unrolled.

The happy winds their timbrels took.
The birds in docile rows
Arranged themselves around their prince
(The wind is prince of those).

The orchard sparkled like a Jew.
How mighty 'twas to stay
A guest in this stupendous place,
The parlor of the day.