The Works of Emily Dickinson

Front Cover
Wordsworth Editions, Jan 1, 1994 - Poetry - 214 pages
0 Reviews
Initially a vivacious, outgoing person, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) progressively withdrew into a reclusive existence. An undiscovered genius during her lifetime, only seven out of her total of 1,775 poems were published prior to her death. She had an immense breadth of vision and a passionate intensity and awe for life, love, nature, time and eternity. Originally branded an eccentric, Emily Dickinson is now recognised as a major poet of great depth.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
4
Section 3
5
Section 4
16
Section 5
18
Section 6
26
Section 7
59
Section 8
61
Section 15
107
Section 16
113
Section 17
129
Section 18
134
Section 19
138
Section 20
145
Section 21
147
Section 22
151

Section 9
63
Section 10
67
Section 11
79
Section 12
87
Section 13
89
Section 14
104
Section 23
154
Section 24
158
Section 25
162
Section 26
171
Section 27
182
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1994)

Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on December 10, 1830. Although one of America's most acclaimed poets, the bulk of her work was not published until well after her death on May 15, 1886. The few poems published in her lifetime were not received with any great fanfare. After her death, Dickinson's sister Lavinia found over 1,700 poems Emily had written and stashed away in a drawer -- the accumulation of a life's obsession with words. Critics have agreed that Dickinson's poetry was well ahead of its time. Today she is considered one of the best poets of the English language. Except for a year spent at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, Dickinson spent her entire life in the family home in Amherst, Massachusetts. She never married and began to withdraw from society, eventually becoming a recluse. Dickinson's poetry engages the reader and requires his or her participation. Full of highly charged metaphors, her free verse and choice of words are best understood when read aloud. Dickinson's punctuation and capitalization, not orthodox by Victorian standards and called "spasmodic" by her critics, give greater emphasis to her meanings.

Bibliographic information