What poems did Emily Dickinson publish in her lifetime?

I’ve wondered what poems Emily Dickinson published in her lifetime. Now I know. 

She published a mere 11 poems a total output of 1775. That’s less than 1% of her work. 

Here’s the list:

Six were published in the Springfield Republican:

“Sic transit gloria mundi” (#3)

“Nobody knows this little Rose” (#35) – 1858

“I taste a liquor never brewed — ” (#214)  (given the title “The May Wine”) – 1861

“Safe in their Alabaster Chambers — ” (#216) (given the title “The Sleeping”) – 1862

“Blazing in Gold and quenching in Purple” (#228) (given the title “Sunset”) – 1864

“A narrow Fellow in the Grass” (#986) (given the title “The Snake”) – 1866

The other five published poems came out in New York city area papers and journals in 1864:

“Some keep the Sabbath going to Church” (#324) (titled “My Sabbath”) in The Round Table

The Drum Beat, a civil war fundraising newspaper, published 

“Blazing in Gold and quenching in Purple” (#228)

“Flowers–Well–if anybody” (#137) (titled “Flowers”)

“These are the days when Birds come back” (#130) (titled “October”). 


“Success is counted sweetest” (#67) was published in the Brooklyn Daily Union in 1864. 

It’s actually ten unique poems published in her lifetime —  0.56%  of her total output.   



Dandurand, Karen. “New Dickinson Civil War Publications.” American Literature 56:1. (March 1984), 17-27.  JSTOR. <http:www.jstor.org/stable/2925912>

Wolff, Cynthia Griffin. Emily Dickinson. Radcliffe Biography Series. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1988.