Throughout her life, she seldom left her home and visitors were few.
O'Connor picks her favorite Dickinson poems. Links to the poems are provided. Ten or so poems were published in her lifetime, mostly without her consent. This poem illustrates how intoxicating the natural world was to Dickinson.
Luckily the house she chose to sequester herself inside, in the latter part of her life, was set on large grounds. There she and her family grew an abundance of produce and flowers; all the better for this little tippler.
Dickinson is at her aphoristic best in poems like this, where she shines a light on the complexities of human desire. Interestingly, though Dickinson did not seek publication — her father disdained Women of Letters — this poem was published anonymously in an anthology called A Masque of Poets.
By turning her back on notoriety Dickinson may have been trying to protect her good name. Or perhaps she feared editorial input because she had already been stung.
So the abandon of this celebrated Dickinson love poem is not out of place and can be read for what it is: The poem has the trademark up-note ending, so that the reader must guess where the breakdown leads to — the heaven of well-being, or the hell of continued mental anguish.
There is a theory that Dickinson, like her nephew Ned, was epileptic; she definitely suffered eye trouble and, as we know, she had agoraphobic tendencies. Any of these, or just plain old depression, might have sparked this poem.
The narrator may be nobody but she makes herself somebody with that capital N. Here is another poem about notoriety and the public eye. This is one that appealed hugely to me as a child for its cheekiness and for that unexpected frog. Its warmth and positivity speak to my gut every time.
Was she qualifying hope in some private way?
Dickinson valued the musicality of words and she loved a hymnal beat. I distinctly remember reciting this poem to my four sisters while acting out the part of the bird: Read this one to your young friends. This may be tied in with the notion that because Dickinson was reclusive, she was also angsty and nun-like.
It may also be linked to a general fascination with those who beat their own path, particularly if they seem to do it alone. The grim reaper in this poem is a civil gentleman who takes the narrator — already ghostlike in gossamer and tulle — gently towards death.
The poem is cryptic — it may be about the afterlife, or it may be about an actual lover; it may be a meditation on anger, helplessness and power. One reading holds that it is a Dickinson backlash against having to write her poetry in secret — gun as language, waiting to go off.
Interestingly Lyndall Gordon adapted the first line for the title of her book about the Dickinson family feuds to Lives Like Loaded Guns. Ostensibly an instructional poem about how to be honest in a kindly way, it can also be read as a Dickinson poetics: Decorate your message with imagery and let the reader slowly grasp the meaning.Documentary materials providing a context for Dickinson's life may be found in Jay Leyda, The Years and Hours of Emily Dickinson (), and Polly Longsworth, The World of Emily Dickinson (), which provides a pictorial record of the poet's environment.
Emily Dickinson, in full Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, (born December 10, , Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.—died May 15, , Amherst), American lyric poet who lived in seclusion and commanded a singular brilliance of style and integrity of vision.
Emily Dickinson's daguerreotype, circa E mily Dickinson was born in Amherst at the Homestead on December 10, Her quiet life was infused with a creative energy that produced almost poems and a profusion of vibrant letters. I first come across the work of Emily Dickinson in the s thanks to Canadian poet Roger White.
In the year before White’s passing, , Roger sent me a copy of Dickinson’s The Complete Poems edited by Thomas Johnson.
Many of the poets draw from Dickinson's biography, while others imagine events from her life. Some poets borrow lines from Dickinson's poems or letters as triggers for their inspiration. Though most of the poems connect directly to Dickinson's life or work, for others the connection is more barnweddingvt.com: Thom Tammaro.
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