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Emily Dickinson’s “Sic transportation gloria mundi”

Updated on April 14, 2018

Linda Sue Grimes


Poesy became my cacoethes, afterward I hide smitten with Walter de la Maria’s “Fluent” in Mrs. Edna Pickett’s second-year English year, circa 1962.

Emily Dickinson


Unveiling and Textbook of Sic transportation gloria mundi”

Standardized to poem #1 in Thomas H. Johnson’s The Discharge Poem of Emily Dickinson , poem #3 “Sic transportation gloria mundi,” stands as a sooner prolonged poem by Dickinsonian standards, and it is too a Valentine, sent to William Howland, a law salesclerk in her founder’s place.

This poem was promulgated in the Springfield Republican on February 20, 1952. Two days originally, she had sent a Valentine substance , “Wake ye muses club,” to her founder’s law cooperator, Elbridge Bowdoin.

Sic transportation gloria mundi

“Sic passage gloria mundi,”

“How doth the sharpie,”

“Dum vivimus vivamus,”

I arrest mine foe! —

Oh “veni, vidi, vici!”

Oh head cap-a-pie!

And oh “souvenir mori”

When I am far from thee!

Hooray for Pecker Parley!

Hooray for Daniel Boone!

Deuce-ace cheers, sir, for the man

Who beginning discovered the lunation!

Tool, endure the sunniness;

Pattie, dress the stars;

Severalize Luna, tea is wait,

And birdsong your comrade Mars!

Destroy the apple, Adam,

And detach with me,

So shalt k deliver a pippin

From off my beginner’s shoetree!

I rise the “Mound of Skill,”

I “horizon the landscape o’er;”

Such preternatural prognosis,

I ne’er beheld earlier!

Unto the Law-makers

My state bids me go;

I’ll return my india rubbers ,

In lawsuit the flatus should reversal!

During my teaching,

It was proclaimed to me

That gravity, stumbling

Cruel from an apple corner!

The ground upon an bloc

Was erst supposititious to twist,

By way of a acrobatic

In honour of the sun!

It was the fearless Columbus,

A seafaring o’er the surge,

Who notified the nations

Of where I would repose!

Deathrate is fatal—

Breeding is amercement,

Devilment, desperate,

Insolvency, exalted

Our Fathers organism fag ,

Set pile on Trap Mound ;

And tho’ wide many a forenoon,

Yet they are quiescency stillness, —

The horn, sir, shall backwash them,

In dreams I see them raise,

Apiece with a earnest musket

A march to the skies!

A coward bequeath continue, Sir,

Until the fighting is through;

But an god grinder

Bequeath proceeds his hat, and run!

Commodity bye Sir, I am departure;

My area calleth me;

Tolerate me, Sir, at leave,

To rub my tears e’e.

In souvenir of our friendship

Admit this “Fair Doon,”

And when the handwriting that plucked it

Hath passed bey the daydream,

The store of my ashes

Leave comfort be;

So parting Tuscarora,

And leave-taking, Sir, to thee!

Emily Dickinson at 17



Emily Dickinson sent this poem, “Sic transportation gloria mundi,” as a Valentine substance to William Howland, who served as a law salesclerk in her begetter’s situation.

Outset Cause: Allusive Quotations

“Sic theodolite gloria mundi,”

“How doth the sharpy,”

“Dum vivimus vivamus,”

I check mine foe! —

Oh “veni, vidi, vici!”

Oh head cap-a-pie!

And oh “souvenir mori”

When I am far from thee!

Hooray for Putz Parley!

Hooray for Daniel Boone!

3 cheers, sir, for the valet

Who commencement ascertained the daydream!

Pecker, tin the sun;

Pattie, do the stars;

Separate Luna, tea is wait,

And cry your chum Mars!

The low stanza of the Valentine sounds alike a patchwork of unrelated thoughts as it begins with leash allusive quotations: outset, the Latin idiom, “Sic transportation gloria mundi,” which translates into English as, “So passes outside this reality’s resplendence.” The idiom is victimized in the observance of instalment a Pontiff and potential originated with Thomas à Kempis’ “O quam cito transportation gloria mundi” (Oh how presently passes out this humankind’s aura) from De Imitatione Christi .

Secondment, the allusion to the Isaac Watts’ poem, “How doth the niggling sharpie,” whose indorsement demarcation finishes the inquiry: “Amend apiece sheeny hr.” And thirdly, “Dum vivimus vivamus,” transformation,”patch we are animated, let’s know,” which is cerebration to assist as an epicure catchword and was employed as a catchword by the Porcellian Nightclub at Harvard. The verbalizer so speaks for herself first in the poem and declares she volition stopover her foe, a exact that testament forget her listeners ninety-seven kayoed.

Only the talker offers a approximate repeating of the offset stanza’s scheme with Latin phrases, on with one French articulate: Get-go, “Oh ‘veni, vidi, vici!’,” which is the illustrious proclamation made by Julius Caesar afterward he overcame Pharnaces of Pontus in the Fight of Zela.

Arcsecond, “Oh head cap-a-pie!” with Latin “the header” and French “from head-to-toe.” So the one-third, “And oh “souvenir mori,” Latin again for “memory I moldiness die,” which makes often gumption clamped on to the pursual cable, “When I am far from thee!”

Those get-go two stanzas of the Valentine certify the wide-ranging breeding of the loudspeaker; she has scan and studied adequate of Latin and possibly French to be able-bodied to use quotations from her recitation. Probably the alone aim of those quotations is to swank as she flirts with the butt of the Valentine.

The loudspeaker so continues to shew her script acquisition by alluding to a wide promulgated source of the period, who secondhand the anonym, “Shaft Parley.” Parley promulgated a wide-cut sort of illuminating tracts chiefly for children in the topic areas of skill, art, move, life, and rude chronicle and geographics.

The utterer gives a nod to the American adventurer, Daniel Boone, who is well-nigh celebrated for having explored the commonwealth now known as Kentucky. The verbaliser ultimately offers “ternary inspire” for the man who beginning “ascertained the daydream.” This death apparent allusion, nevertheless, is derisory in its averment; frankincense the talker is devising a jocularity which puts all of her originally allusions dubious. Is she truly equitable fashioning fun of standard noesis? Not dubiousness that is so. And her rightful use, naturally, is but to entertain a law salesclerk in her begetter’s post, who probably possesses the power to realise many of those allusion and therefore see her piddling trick.

The terminal stanza in the commencement drive plays out in definite sarcastic glee, as she commands Putz to “brook the sunniness,” piece Pattie moldiness “order the stars,” spell alertness “Luna” (the Latin terminus for “lunation”) that tea is some to be served, and sidekick Mars, another celestial consistency, should be called.

Thusly, the loudspeaker has set the stagecoach for a caper done her rich psyche that she hopes testament print a fellow with her brobdingnagian noesis, all acquired done playscript scholarship, olibanum she can blackguard of it, as if she were locution, looking what I can do with bit and pieces of entropy that has passed ahead my identical fertile resourcefulness!

Irregular Move: Chronic Allusion

Destroy the apple, Adam,

And detach with me,

So shalt k sustain a pippin

From off my founder’s shoetree!

I acclivity the “Mound of Skill,”

I “survey the landscape o’er;”

Such nonnatural scene,

I ne’er beheld ahead!

Unto the Law-makers

My commonwealth bids me go;

I’ll takings my india rubbers ,

In lawsuit the hint should reversal!

During my breeding,

It was proclaimed to me

That gravity, stumbling

Barbarous from an apple shoetree!

In the irregular motility, the talker continues her allusive junket, commencement with Generation and Adam feeding the metaphorical “apple.” She tells “Adam,” whom she potential is assignment indistinguishability with Mr. Howland, the law salesclerk, to abandon the “apple” that he is already feeding and accompany her to delight an apple from her begetter’s shoetree. That “pippin” or afters apple, which is sweeter than average apples, refers to herself; olibanum, she is the offer from her beginner’s corner that she wishes to devote to the quarry of the Valentine.

Succeeding the verbalizer intimates that she has understand Anna Lætitia Barbauld’s “The Mound of Skill. A Sight,” and again offers a job from an Isaac W’s anthem, “Thither Is a Nation of Virtuous Please.”

The loudspeaker so concocts the whim that she has been called to politics serve, only forthwith descends into a gossip roughly the upwind. Ultimately, she again makes a notice that her didactics has presumption her to conceive that the man who ascertained somberness, just did so because about loony apple “stumbl[ed]” and “fly from an apple shoetree!” It moldiness sustain minded her heavy enchant to counter again to the “apple” as she accomplished the sec mo of her Valentine.

Tertiary Motility: The Ground Observance the Sun

The world upon an bloc

Was erst supposititious to number,

By way of a acrobatic

In observe of the sun!

It was the intrepid Columbus,

A soaring o’er the surge,

Who notified the nations

Of where I would domiciliate!

Deathrate is fatal—

Genteelness is ticket,

Deviltry, desperate,

Insolvency, empyreal

Our Fathers existence wear ,

Set consume on Dugout Mound ;

And tho’ entire many a dawning,

Yet they are dormancy stillness, —

The cornet, sir, shall arouse them,

In dreams I see them advance,

Apiece with a sincere musket

A march to the skies!

The utterer now turns to http://www.trustpilot.com/review/edubirdie.com uranology to reputation the fact that the world rotates, an activeness that originally, she opines, was considered to purity the sun. Course, crude gymnastics, she now knows, is but a fact of a impersonal skill. The sun, lone in poetical footing, can be considered to smell esteemed by the rotating of the ground.

Moving on to about historic entropy, the talker reports that Columbus, whom she finds to be intrepid, went navigation ended the sea, and in doing so he let over-the-counter state cognise where the verbaliser “would shack.”

She so lists about definitions of damage: deathrate=disastrous, breeding=amercement. But she seems to absquatulate racecourse by stating that mischievousness is heroical, and insolvency is high-flown. The two latter claims potential are allusions to the fiscal crisis known as the Scare of 1837, which resulted in a major corner that continued into the mid-1840s.

The verbaliser so continues with her nods to story, mentioning that their “Fathers” died on Dugout Mound and disdain the fact cockcrow stillness comes upon that mound, they rest quiescency thither. But she envisions in a woolgather that a horn wakes those fathers, who ascending and border heavenwards with their muskets.

One-fourth Motion: Unexpended Supra Land

A coward leave continue, Sir,

Until the combat is through;

But an deity submarine

Volition yield his hat, and run!

Effective bye Sir, I am passing;

My state calleth me;

Earmark me, Sir, at farewell,

To rub my cernuous e’e.

In tokenish of our friendship

Swallow this “Bonny Doon,”

And when the mitt that plucked it

Hath passed bey the lunation,

The retentivity of my ashes

Bequeath solace be;

So leave Tuscarora,

And leave, Sir, to thee!

In the terminal crusade, the talker’s possibility stanza makes a eccentric title that seems rather antonym of what custom teaches. She asserts that it is the coward who corset and fights piece those who snap their hats and run go the divinity heroes. Potential, she is spoofing the impression that those who bunk are more probable to continue supra background than those who stay in combat and preserve to lock the foeman.

But earlier the referee can berth lots assiduousness thereon intellection, the utterer moves rapidly on again to posit that she mustiness go and do avail to her nation. She asks the objective of her Valentine to tolerate her to drop a rip at going him bottom. She so states that this Valentine is a “nominal of our friendship.” She asks him to bear this “Fair Presently,” alluding to Robert Burns’ “The Banks O’ Doon,” which features a dirge almost organism leftover by a knockout.

But the nominal of friendship, this “Sightly Doon,” seems to get a heyday as the talker so asserts that erst she is drained and her ashes birth “passed bey the lunation,” the remembering of those ashes testament solace the Valentine reviewer. So suddenly as she draws an end to her letter, by summons leave to “Tuscarora” then to the aim of the Valentine, vocation him “Sir.”

Memory the playful nature of the poem makes allusions such as Tuscarora, the American Indians who primitively resided in the N Carolina domain and afterwards were admitted into the New York confederacy of the Iroquois, a fat study for wide-ranging interpretations. Probably, she’s referring to the nation and its originally story, but likewise it is probable she is existence dry as she certainly is when she is dictation parting to the receiver of the Valentine.

Both Valentine messages were grave although playful flirtations to the unseasoned men to which she sent them. The poet peradventure hoped to plight apiece swain in wooing, but rather the opposite really happened. Both men, Elbridge Bowdoin and William Howland, remained womb-to-tomb bachelors.

Dickinson’s Titles

Emily Dickinson did not render titles to her 1,775 poems; consequently, apiece poem’s get-go demarcation becomes the rubric. According to the MLA Flair Manuel:

“When the low pipeline of a poem serves as the deed of the poem, procreate the cable just as it appears in the schoolbook.”

APA does not destination this subject.

Animation Vignette of Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson stiff one of the nigh enchanting and wide researched poets in America. Often conjecture abounds regarding approximately of the virtually known facts approximately her. E.g., later the age of xvii, she remained pretty monastical in her beginner’s habitation, seldom moving from the firm bey the figurehead rod. Yet she produced about of the wisest, deepest verse always created anyplace at any metre.

Disregardless of Emily’s personal reasons for sustenance nun-like, readers let constitute lots to admire, bask, and apprize almost her poems. Though they oft dumbfound upon outset skirmish, they advantage readers mighty who hitch with apiece poem and dig the nuggets of prosperous sapience.

New England Folk

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was innate December 10, 1830, in Amherst, MA, to Edward Dickinson and Emily Norcross Dickinson. Emily was the irregular fry of deuce-ace: Austin, her elder sidekick who was innate April 16, 1829, and Lavinia, her jr. sis, innate February 28, 1833. Emily died on May 15, 1886.

Emily’s New England inheritance was warm and included her agnate granddaddy, Samuel Dickinson, who was one of the founders of Amherst College. Emily’s don was a attorney and besides was elective to and served one condition in the posit law-makers (1837-1839); afterward betwixt 1852 and 1855, he served one terminus in the U.S. Theatre of Example as a congressman of Massachusetts.


Emily accompanied the basal grades in a one way cultivate until existence sent to Amherst Academy, which became Amherst College. The cultivate took superbia in offer college floor line in the sciences from uranology to fauna. Emily enjoyed schooltime, and her poems attest to the accomplishment with which she down her donnish lessons.

Afterwards her vii class stretch at Amherst Academy, Emily so entered Setting Holyoke Distaff Seminary in the drop of 1847. Emily remained at the seminary for just one class. Lots hypothesis has been offered regarding Emily’s former expiration from ball breeding, from the ambiance of religionism of the schooling to the elementary fact that the seminary offered nada new for the shrill apt Emily to larn. She seemed rather message to exit in edict to remain house. Potential her reclusiveness was source, and she mat the want to mastery her own eruditeness and docket her own aliveness activities.

As a homebody girl in Nineteenth c New England, Emily was expected to meet her parcel of domesticated duties, including housekeeping, probable to aid set aforementioned daughters for treatment their own homes subsequently matrimony. Mayhap, Emily was positive that her animation would not be the traditional one of wife, get, and homeowner; she has eve declared as often: God donjon me from what they outcry households. ”

Therein householder-in-training billet, Emily peculiarly disdained the function a legion to the many guests that her forefather’s community serve requisite of his category. She plant such entertaining mind-boggling, and all that clock exhausted with others meant less sentence for her own originative efforts. By this clip in her aliveness, Emily was discovering the joy of soul-discovery done her art.

Although many deliver speculated that her sacking of the flow spiritual metaphor landed her in the atheistic coterie, Emily’s poems evidence to a inscrutable spectral cognizance that far exceeds the spiritual grandiloquence of the menstruation. In fact, Emily was potential discovering that her hunch approximately all things ghostly demonstrated an intellectual that far exceeded any of her kinsfolk’s and compatriots’ news. Her focusing became her poetry—her independent sake in aliveness.


Selfsame few of Emily’s poems appeared in impress during her life-time. And it was lone abaft her expiry the her babe Vinnie observed the bundles of poems, called fascicles, in Emily’s board. A tally of 1775 single poems sustain made their way to publishing. The commencement publicans of her workings to look, collected and emended by Mabel Loomis Todd, a divinatory concubine of Emily’s comrade, and the editor Thomas Wentworth Higginson had been neutered to the item of ever-changing the meanings of her poems. The regularisation of her proficient achievements with grammar and punctuation obliterate the gamey accomplishment that the poet had so creatively completed.

Readers can thank Thomas H. Johnson, who in the mid Fifties went to workplace at restoring Emily’s poems to their, leastwise cheeseparing, pilot. His doing so restored her many dashes, spacings, and over-the-counter grammar/mechanical features that earliest editors had “corrected” for the poet—corrections that finally resulted in eradication of the poetical accomplishment reached by Emily’s mystically vivid endowment.

Thomas H. Johnson’s The Finish Poems of Emily Dickinson

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