By Sharon Leiter

Severe spouse to Emily Dickinson is an encyclopedic consultant to the lifestyles and works of Emily Dickinson, the most well-known and generally 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 in its place to write down quietly from the confines of her bed room. This new name includes shut readings and important 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 attractiveness - yet was once scarce,'' and ''I prefer to see it lap the miles.'' the various features of Dickinson's existence that motivated her paintings also are mentioned, together with relatives, buddies, academics, townspeople, editors, and correspondents. during this single-volume reference, admirers, basic readers, and fanatics of poetry will become aware of thousands of entries protecting each element of Dickinson's lifestyles and paintings. Its insurance contains: a biography of Dickinson; entries on her most famed and so much anthologized poems; the basic humans in her existence; religious and literary impacts; social and spiritual hobbies; her publishing background; severe ways to her paintings; vital subject matters and metaphors; and, a foreword via famous poet Gregory Orr.

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The image “Banks of Noon” removes us from a literal, physical landscape altogether to an existential one, in which Noon, for Dickinson the moment when life is at its apex, is a leaping-off point into welcoming, navigable waters. And yet there is a distinct note of longing in the speaker’s evocation of this Eden, in which she participates only in imagination. The bird flies Home, just as she, presumably, returns to her own very different one. The natural and the human remain separate, a sense of things that pervades much of Dickinson’s nature poetry.

16 Critical Companion to Emily Dickinson Wolosky argues that the Dickinson family tradition was one of involvement in public life and that Emily was in touch with people who were in touch with the world, including her father, Austin, Bowles, Lyman, Higginson, and Josiah Holland. Some of the most powerful political figures of the time not only visited the Dickinsons but also spent the night, including Massachusetts governor George N. Briggs. Dickinson was a regular, avid reader of newspapers and magazines, including The Springfield Republican, The Atlantic Monthly and Scribner’s Monthly.

Dickinson’s candid, extensive correspondence with them is one of her most revealing, despite the censoring done by the cousins before allowing the letters to be published. Upon her return home from Boston, her last venture into the world beyond Amherst, Dickinson’s eyes slowly recovered. She never left the town again. Nor did she usually visit in the town, not even at The Evergreens. Nor did she freely receive visitors at home. The tendency to withdraw was there as early as 1854, when she told 17 Abiah, “I dont go from home, unless emergency leads me by the hand, and then I do it obstinately, and draw back if I can” (L 166).

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