Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson

ISBN-10: 1593080506

ISBN-13: 9781593080501

Edition: 2003

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Description: Born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830, Dickinson began life as an energetic, outgoing young woman who excelled as a student. However, in her mid-twenties she began to grow reclusive, and eventually she rarely descended from her room in her father’s house. She spent most of her time working on her poetry, largely without encouragement or real interest from her family and peers, and died at age fifty-five. Only a handful of her 1,775 poems had been published during her lifetime. When her poems finally appeared after her death, readers immediately recognized an artist whose immense depth and stylistic complexities would one day make her the most widely recognized female poet to write in the English language. Dickinson’s poetry is remarkable for its tightly controlled emotional and intellectual energy. The longest poem covers less than two pages. Yet in theme and tone her writing reaches for the sublime as it charts the landscape of the human soul. A true innovator, Dickinson experimented freely with conventional rhythm and meter, and often used dashes, off rhymes, and unusual metaphors—techniques that strongly influenced modern poetry. Dickinson’s idiosyncratic style, along with her deep resonance of thought and her observations about life and death, love and nature, and solitude and society, have firmly established her as one of America’s true poetic geniuses.

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List price: $7.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/12/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.748

Rachel Wetzsteon was born in Manhattan, New York on November 25, 1967. She received a bachelor's degree from Yale University, a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. She taught for numerous years at the Unterberg Poetry Center. Her poetry primarily examined the solitary yet defiant lives of single women. She published three volumes of poetry: The Other Stars; Home and Away; and Sakura Park. She also wrote Influential Ghosts, which is a study of W. H. Auden. Her work appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New Republic, and The Nation. She was the poetry editor of The New Republic and was on the faculty of William Paterson University. She committed suicide on December 25, 2009.

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.

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