in A Level, Poetry

Here’s a full poem ‘One need not be a Chamber – to be Haunted’ by Emily Dickinson. If you’re interested in a full analysis of this poem, check out our links at the bottom of the page!


One need not be a Chamber – to be Haunted

One need not be a Chamber — to be Haunted —

One need not be a House —

The Brain has Corridors — surpassing

Material Place —

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Far safer, of a Midnight Meeting

External Ghost

Than its interior Confronting —

That Cooler Host.

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Far safer, through an Abbey gallop,

The Stones a’chase —

Than Unarmed, one’s a’self encounter —

In lonesome Place —

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Ourself behind ourself, concealed —

Should startle most —

Assassin hid in our Apartment

Be Horror’s least.

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The Body — borrows a Revolver —

He bolts the Door —

O’erlooking a superior spectre —

Or More —

Emily Dickinson


A narrow Fellow in the Grass by Emily Dickinson – Poem Analysis

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