Critical companion to Emily Dickinson: a literary reference by Sharon Leiter PDF

By Sharon Leiter

ISBN-10: 0816054487

ISBN-13: 9780816054480

Serious spouse to Emily Dickinson is an encyclopedic consultant to the existence and works of Emily Dickinson, essentially the most well-known and greatly studied American poets of the nineteenth century. identified for her wit and choice for seclusion from the skin international, Dickinson infrequently left her domestic in Amherst, Mass., who prefer as an alternative to write down quietly from the confines of her bed room. This new name includes shut readings and significant 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 good looks - yet was once scarce,'' and ''I wish to see it lap the miles.'' the various features of Dickinson's existence that encouraged her paintings also are mentioned, together with kin, neighbors, academics, townspeople, editors, and correspondents. during this single-volume reference, admirers, basic readers, and enthusiasts of poetry will detect thousands of entries protecting each element of Dickinson's lifestyles and paintings. Its assurance 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 pursuits; her publishing historical past; severe methods to her paintings; vital issues and metaphors; and, a foreword via famous poet Gregory Orr.

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A Quartz contentment” is thus another permutation of the state of numbness, but with the added sense of something enviable. It is reminiscent of an idea she develops in a later poem, “How happy is the little Stone” (Fr 1569, 1882). The unfeeling stone is “happy” in the sense of “fortunate,” precisely because it has no feelings. The final permutation of this notion is the “Hour of Lead,” lead being the “least elastic and 32 “A little East of Jordan” sonorous of all the metals,” as noted in Dickinson’s lexicon.

The sister Vinnie put in [the coffin] two heliotropes by 21 Emily Dickinson’s grave, in Amherst’s West Cemetery, is a place of pilgrimage for present-day admirers, who leave flowers. ’ ” Then the coffin lid was closed and covered with sprays of violets and ferns. Pallbearers carried the casket through a rear door, then gave it to the servants who carried it across fields to the cemetery, keeping always in sight of the house. Dickinson was buried in a plot next to her parents, lined with ferns and pine boughs.

Both sets of lines appear in Franklin’s edition as separate poems, Fr 21 and Fr 23 respectively. In analyzing the poem in Franklin’s shorter version, it is interesting to observe how it is changed by the omission of these seven lines. ” Without these four lines, the poem begins by giving the impression that someone has died after a brief illness. The sufferer had only an hour to prepare for what appears to be the swift, pitiless death of an individual. ” Moreover, by making the illness “patient,” rather than the dying one, the poet, somewhat bitterly, implies that the deadly illness was willing to wait as long as possible to achieve its end.

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