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6-Line Poem

You don’t see too many freestanding sestets out there—usually the 6-line stanza is paired with an 8-line stanza (the octave) to form a sonnet. Emily Dickinson, though, always did her own thing and created a self-contained sestet. Here it is:

Behind Me Dips Eternity

Behind Me — dips Eternity —

Before Me — Immortality —

Myself — the Term between —

Death but the Drift of Eastern Gray,

Dissolving into Dawn away,

Before the West begin —

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