The inexpressible exquisitely expressed
“THE SOUL’S SUPERIOR INSTANTS” (“306”) by Emily Dickinson speaks of that rare, inner experience—bestowed upon a fortunate few—wherein the very mystery of the universe is revealed.
Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, and rarely travelling beyond her home village, Emily lived in reclusive simplicity, devoting her life to the poetic muse. Her use of language forever telegraphic, she exquisitely conveys the ultimate mystical moments, “The Soul’s Superior instants”, which grace the solitary soul when all external perception has been withdrawn.
And thus, through the art of her poetical economy, both Emily and the reader are pointed to the transcendental corporeality of the Immortal, where eternal peace and everlasting tranquillity can only ever truly be found.
The Soul’s Superior instants
Occur to Her—alone—
When friend—and Earth’s occasion
Have infinite withdrawn—
To too remote a Height
For lower Recognition
Than Her Omnipotent—
This Mortal Abolition
Is seldom—but as fair
To Autocratic Air—
To favorites—a few—
Of the Colossal substance
- Emily Dickinson: A Woman Before Her Time
- Emily Dickinson Museum
- Dickinson Electronic Archives
- Emily Dickinson Archive
- Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
- Sappho: The Tenth Muse
- Matsuo Bashō: Deep Silence
- Ana Ramana: Hymns to the Beloved