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

By Sharon Leiter

Severe significant other to Emily Dickinson is an encyclopedic advisor to the lifestyles and works of Emily Dickinson, probably the most well-known and largely studied American poets of the nineteenth century. identified for her wit and choice for seclusion from the surface global, Dickinson infrequently left her domestic in Amherst, Mass., who prefer in its place to jot down quietly from the confines of her bed room. This new name comprises shut readings and significant analyses of greater than a hundred and 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 prefer to see it lap the miles.'' different points of Dickinson's lifestyles that stimulated her paintings also are mentioned, together with relatives, pals, lecturers, townspeople, editors, and correspondents. during this single-volume reference, admirers, normal readers, and enthusiasts of poetry will become aware of countless numbers of entries masking each point of Dickinson's existence and paintings. Its assurance contains: a biography of Dickinson; entries on her most renowned and such a lot anthologized poems; the fundamental humans in her lifestyles; religious and literary impacts; social and spiritual activities; her publishing background; severe ways to her paintings; vital topics and metaphors; and, a foreword via famous poet Gregory Orr.

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Dickinson is less interested in parody, however, than in asserting an alternate spiritual universe. For her, these simple natural elements—the bee and butterfly at work, the breeze that refreshed her and swayed the flowers as she worked in her summer garden—were not sacred in themselves, but her earthly conduits to the sacred nature of reality. ” 27 Emily Dickinson’s watch, missing its hour hand (By permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University) FURTHER READING Walter Hesford, “The Creative Fall of Bradstreet and Dickinson,” 81–91.

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.

The “stiff Heart” is estranged from its own former capacity to bear great pain and has lost its ability to place the experience in the recent or distant past. The Feet are indifferent as to whether they “go round” on the ground, in the air, “or Ought”—on whatever other medium they may find themselves. The famous image of “A Quartz contentment, like a stone—” floats syntactically in the air, without a clear referent, appropriately since there is no solid entity to which it can attach itself. Dickinson, who had a solid basis in geology through her studies with EDWARD HITCHCOCK at the AMHERST ACADEMY, may have chosen “quartz” for its sound value, but she also knew that quarts is a very hard, crystallized mineral, that is, one that has grown fixed.

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