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"Whose cheek is this?"


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H B186 | JP 82 | FP 48 | late 1860s

Pencil | Watermark/Embossment: FNP/Fine Note Paper | 17 x 10.5 cm

FF 185-186. "Sue ' " and "X" on verso. A remnant of flower remains atop manuscript and a cutout of a robin from the New England Primer is attached to the top of the poem. The questions comprising the first hree lines of the poem likely refer to the wilting token affixed to the sheet, and the layout and attachment function as commentary on the poem to produce a cartoon commenting on the conventional poetry immensely popular during this period. See Comic Power in Emily Dickinson, 71-74, for a fuller discussion.