“Fate slew Him, but He did not drop” by Emily Dickinson

Fate slew Him, but He did not drop —
She felled — He did not fall —
Impaled Him on Her fiercest stakes —
He neutralized them all —

She stung Him — sapped His firm Advance —
But when Her Worst was done
And He — unmoved regarded Her —
Acknowledged Him a Man.

Emily Dickinson was born in 1830 and died in 1886. Only a few of her poems were published during her lifetime; recognition of her work came decades after her death, after many years of criticism. She knew a thing or two about fate, and yes, it is often up to a woman to tell guys what it takes to be a Man!
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