The Single Hound

II. The Soul That Has a Guest

I.

The Soul that has a Guest,
Doth seldom go abroad,
Hungrier Crowd at home
Obliterate the need,
And courtesy forbid
A Host’s departure, when
The mystic guests demand
A poltergeist descend!

 

Clearly Dickinson meant to refer to ghosts in this poem. However, here is the original with an additional line break and some alternative interpretations.

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