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I dwell in Possibility – Summary & Analysis
by Emily Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson's "I dwell in Possibility" was first published four years after Dickinson's death, in the posthumous collection Poems (1890). In the poem, a speaker juxtaposes her own metaphorical house, called "Possibility," with an inferior house called "Prose," making it clear that the poem is meta-poetry—poetry about poetry. The speaker discusses what makes this house of poetic possibility great, claiming it offers her a way into "paradise" itself. The poem is a powerful tribute to the imaginative possibilities of poetry—the art form to which Dickinson dedicated her life.

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