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By Sharon Leiter

Serious better half to Emily Dickinson is an encyclopedic advisor to the existence and works of Emily Dickinson, some of the most recognized and extensively studied American poets of the nineteenth century. recognized for her wit and choice for seclusion from the skin international, Dickinson hardly left her domestic in Amherst, Mass., who prefer in its place to put in writing quietly from the confines of her bed room. This new identify includes shut readings and important analyses of greater than one hundred fifty of Dickinson's best-known poems, together with ''Because i couldn't cease for Death,'' ''I felt a funeral, in my Brain,'' ''I died for attractiveness - yet used to be scarce,'' and ''I wish to see it lap the miles.'' different points of Dickinson's existence that encouraged her paintings also are mentioned, together with relatives, pals, academics, townspeople, editors, and correspondents. during this single-volume reference, admirers, normal readers, and enthusiasts of poetry will notice enormous quantities of entries overlaying each point of Dickinson's existence and paintings. Its insurance comprises: a biography of Dickinson; entries on her most renowned and so much anthologized poems; the basic humans in her lifestyles; non secular and literary impacts; social and spiritual activities; her publishing heritage; serious ways to her paintings; vital issues and metaphors; and, a foreword through famous poet Gregory Orr.

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Cody anticipated this latter objection and argued in his book that psychotics are quite capable of writing coherent poetry). While this irresolvable debate is likely to continue, it is largely irrelevant to the poem itself as it affects its readers. ” Dickinson’s triumph was to have found universal imagery for the psychic experience she observed with such exactness. Robert Weisbuch, who likens this poem to Edvard Munch’s famous painting of a “frozen scream,” notes that Dickinson’s poems about extreme suffering “say precisely nothing about Dickinson’s unique experience.

More than 70 of her letters to him have survived, and, despite a certain amount of posing, they are among her most revealing. Highly literary, thoughtful, and candid about the spiritual and 15 artistic problems of her middle and later years, they tell us much of what we know about her. To Higginson she confided what she had told no one else, “explaining” both herself and her poetry. She presents herself as a loner, isolated within an uncongenial family whose companions are “the Hills—Sir—and the Sundown—and a Dog—” (L 261, April 25, 1862).

The poems in this sense are an autobiography not of Dickinson but of the reader” (“Prisming,” 217). ” FURTHER READING Charles R. , 192–193; Joanne Feit Diehl, Romantic Imagination, 44–48; Alfred Habegger, My Wars, 409; Richard B. , 216–217; Cynthia Griffin Wolff, Emily Dickinson, 468–469.

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