Dating emily dickinsons poems

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Day Memorial Day Emily Dickinson is such a unique poet that it is very difficult to place her in any single tradition—she seems to come from everywhere and nowhere at once.

Her poetic form, with her customary four-line stanzas, ABCB rhyme schemes, and alternations in iambic meter between tetrameter and trimeter, is derived from Psalms and Protestant hymns, but Dickinson so thoroughly appropriates the forms—interposing her own long, rhythmic dashes designed to interrupt the meter and indicate short pauses—that the resemblance seems quite faint.

Her subjects are often parts of the topography of her own psyche; she explores her own feelings with painstaking and often painful honesty but never loses sight of their universal poetic application; one of her greatest techniques is to write about the particulars of her own emotions in a kind of universal homiletic or adage-like tone (“After great pain, a formal feeling comes”) that seems to describe the reader’s mind as well as it does the poet’s.

Dickinson is not a “philosophical poet”; unlike Wordsworth or Yeats, she makes no effort to organize her thoughts and feelings into a coherent, unified worldview. Adventure Most Unto Itself Ah, Teneriffe All Cirumstances Are The Frame All I May, If Small All Overgrown By Cunning Moss Ambition Cannot Find Him Angel Bouquets Apparently With No Surprise April Arcturus Is His Other Name Are Friends Delight Or Pain?

Dickinson’s poetic legacy consisted of almost 1800 poems, and no instructions about what to do with them.

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It foregrounds the copies of poems that Dickinson retained for herself during her lifetime, in the form she retained them.

This is the only edition of Dickinson’s complete poems to distinguish in easy visual form the approximately 1,100 poems she took pains to copy carefully onto folded sheets in fair hand—arguably to preserve them for posterity—from the poems she kept in rougher form or apparently did not retain.

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