By Emily Dickinson

ISBN-10: 1593080506

ISBN-13: 9781593080501

Born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830, Dickinson all started lifestyles as an lively, outgoing younger girl who excelled as a scholar. even though, in her mid-twenties she started to develop reclusive, and finally she not often descended from her room in her father’s condominium. She spent such a lot of her time engaged on her poetry, mostly with out encouragement or actual curiosity from her kinfolk and friends, and died at age fifty-five.

Only a handful of her 1,775 poems have been released in the course of her lifetime. whilst her poems ultimately seemed after her loss of life, readers instantly famous an artist whose huge intensity and stylistic complexities could at some point make her the main well known woman poet to jot down within the English language.

Dickinson’s poetry is extraordinary for its tightly managed emotional and highbrow power. The longest poem covers under pages. but in topic and tone her writing reaches for the elegant because it charts the panorama of the human soul. a real innovator, Dickinson experimented freely with traditional rhythm and meter, and sometimes used dashes, off rhymes, and strange metaphors—techniques that strongly inspired smooth poetry. Dickinson’s idiosyncratic kind, together with her deep resonance of suggestion and her observations approximately lifestyles and loss of life, love and nature, and solitude and society, have firmly validated her as one among America’s precise poetic geniuses.

Includes an index of first lines.

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303) But she also admits the possibility that we have invented the concept of life after death: Immortal is an ample word When what we need is by, But when it leaves us for a time, 舗T is a necessity. (p. 241) She is capable of considerable anger about the rift between humans and God: Is Heaven a physician? They say that He can heal; But medicine posthumous Is unavailable. (p. 30) Still, faced with this 舠unavailable舡 comfort, Dickinson responds not by giving up faith, but rather by constructing new versions of it.

On April 15, 1862, she read in the Atlantic Monthly a 舠Letter to a Young Contributor,舡 by Thomas Wentworth Higginson. In the letter Higginson, a man of letters, active abolitionist, and early supporter of women舗s rights offered advice to novice writers about finding an audience for their work. 舡 and telling Higginson, 舠Should you feel it breathed舒and had you leisure to tell me, I should feel quick gratitude舒舡 (Selected Letters, p. 171). Although Higginson may have been politically ahead of his time, his literary tastes were not quite as advanced; he suggested that Dickinson revise her unusual punctuation and syntax.

Pain, in her opinion, reveals people舗s depths more than any intrusive 舠candor舡: I like a look of agony Because I know it舗s true; Men do not sham convulsion, Nor simulate a throe. Š The eyes glaze once, and that is death. Impossible to feign The beads upon the forehead By homely anguish strung. (pp. 192-193) Dickinson also heartily approves of those who are willing to put themselves in danger, since it puts them in touch with their own deepest 舠creases舡: Peril as a possession 舗T is good to bear, Danger disintegrates satiety; There舗s Basis there Begets an awe, That searches Human Nature舗s creases As clean as Fire.

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