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Featured Poem: It was given to me by the Gods by Emily Dickinson

Written by Lisa Spurgin, 9th March 2015

In slightly late celebration of International Women's Day which took place yesterday, this week's Featured Poem comes from one of the most famous and well-renowned female poets in history, Emily Dickinson. As with many of her verses, it begins intriguingly with mention of a mysterious thing that has been 'given' (a 'Present' like the others mentioned, or perhaps something else?) and grows with a curiosity to end on an incredibly inspiring note. As the theme of this year's International Women's Day is 'Make It Happen', the final few lines surely gives any of us the spark of self-belief needed to go forth and make our voices heard and our deeds recognised.

It was given to me by the Gods

It was given to me by the Gods—
When I was a little Girl—
They given us Presents most—you know—
When we are new—and small.
I kept it in my Hand—
I never put it down—
I did not dare to eat—or sleep—
For fear it would be gone—
I heard such words as "Rich"—
When hurrying to school—
From lips at Corners of the Streets—
And wrestled with a smile.
Rich! 'Twas Myself—was rich—
To take the name of Gold—
And Gold to own—in solid Bars—
The Difference—made me bold—

Emily Dickinson

Want to read more from fabulous female poets? Why not take a look at these articles for some inspiration?

Ruth Badel's top 10 women poets (The Guardian)

10 feminist poets you should know (Flavorwire)

Six of today's best young female poets (Shiny Shiny)

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