Communicator (communicator) wrote,
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Generic as a quarry

Winter

Winter is good - his Hoar Delights
Italic flavor yield
To Intellects inebriate
With Summer, or the World -

Generic as a Quarry
And hearty - as a Rose -
Invited with Asperity
But welcome when he goes.

Emily Dickinson

From languagehat where a commentator says 'what does "Generic as a quarry" mean?' I have no idea. Anyone got any thoughts on that?

'Italic flavor' I am OK with - the frosting and sparseness makes the world more intense but also less comfortable like an italic font does

'Hearty as a rose' I am OK with - Winter is as sensually intense in its own way as a rose is, though in a totally different way.

But the generic quarry - not so sure. It's an excellent poem though.
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