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I taste a liquor never brewed Summary & Analysis
by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson's "I taste a liquor never brewed" is about getting completely drunk—not on booze, but on life. On a glorious summer day, the poem's speaker imagines drinking so deeply and joyously of nature's beauty that even the angels run to their windows to watch the speaker's happy shenanigans. First appearing in 1861 in the newspaper the Springfield Daily Republican, this is one of only a few of Dickinson's poems published in her lifetime (though, as usual, the editors of the paper where it was first published messed around with her distinctive style).

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