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THE COMPLETE POEMS OF. Emily Dickinson . EDITED BY. Thomas H. Johns on. LIT T L E, B ROW NAN D COM PAN Y. BOSTON. TORONTO. The eagerness with which the first volume of Emily Dickinson's poems has been read shows very The The complete poems of Emily Dickinson - Penn State. Complete Poems. Introduction. THE POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON, published in a series of three vol- umes at various intervals after her death in
Emily Dickinson Poetry analysis and explanations Emily Dickinson's poetry has intrigued and enthralled generations ever since her death in She lived in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a succesful family with strong community ties, but leading a mainly reclusive and introverted existence, exploring her own world of emotions and feelings through her poetry. The poems of Emily Dickinson cover a wide range of topics. In fact her work does not fit conveniently into any one genre. She is now regarded as an innovative, pre-modernist poet. Fewer than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during her lifetime. Dickinson's poems are unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation.
An Introduction to Emily Dickinson Emily Dickinson had only one literary critic during her lifetime: Thomas Wentworth Higginson, an American minister, author, abolitionist, and soldier. After he wrote a piece encouraging new writers in the Atlantic Monthly, Dickinson sent him a small selection of poems, knowing from his past writings that he was particularly sympathetic to the cause of female writers.
He ultimately became her only critic and literary mentor. In their first correspondence, she asked him if her poems were "alive" and if they "breathed.
Most likely, Higginson felt that she was unclassifiable within the poetic establishment of the day; departing from traditional forms as well as conventions of language and meter, her poems would have seemed odd, even unacceptable, to her contemporary audience. Even though he failed her as a critic and colleague—telling her not to publish, never offering any real encouragement—she was pleased that he read her poems, and credited her audience of one with "saving her life.
It is unclear to biographers and critics exactly what books Dickinson had access to, beyond the books that she makes mention of, often cryptically, in her letters. Among the or so classic works found in her family library some of which may not have been in the library during her lifetime and a few hundred more mundane works and popular novels that she discussed in letters, it is unlikely that she had read more than a handful of philosophers, poets, and novelists.
Influenced most by the Bible, Shakespeare , and the seventeenth century metaphysicals noted for their extravagant metaphors in linking disparate objects , she wrote poems on grief, love, death, loss, affection, and longing.
Her presumed reading in the natural sciences, also reconstructed from a study of her family library, allowed her to bring precision and individuality to natural subjects; she observed nature for itself rather than as a testament to the glory of creation, and touched upon the less beautiful aspects of nature, such as weeds and clover.
Her forms were various and included riddles, declarations, complaints, love songs, stories, arguments, prayers, and definitions. Drawing from primarily musical forms such as hymns and ballads, a Dickinson poem is unusual in that it both slows down and speeds up, interrupts itself, holds its breath, and sometimes trails off.
The reader is led through the poem by the shape of her stanza forms, typically quatrains, and her unusual emphasis of words, either through capitalization or line position.
The meter varies quite a bit even from the stresses expected in a hymn or ballad. Hymn meter differs from traditional meter by counting syllables, not "feet.
However, unlike writers of traditional hymns, Dickinson took liberties with the meter. She also allowed herself to use enjambment more frequently than traditional hymn writers, breaking lines where there were no natural or syntactic pauses. What is now known as her poetics or prosody is bound to a discussion of how her poems have been edited and how her handwritten manuscripts have been interpreted in contemporary editions.
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