After great pain, a formal feeling comes
- Date of entry: Aug-01-1993
The narrator describes the stages undergone by a person who has experienced great pain and suffering: numbness, loss of the sense of time, the great weight of depression, and finally a poetic comparison to the experience of freezing to death: "First--Chill--then Stupor--then the letting go--."
First published: 1929
Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
Mabel Loomis Todd & T. W. Higginson