Friday, July 17, 2009



Her artistic technique minimizes smoothness, especially its disregard for niceties of rhyme and places full emphasis on substance.

Because of her shyness, she did not circulate her work widely, and only a handful of her poems were published during her lifetime.

After her death, hundreds of her lyrical jewels were discovered and brought to life in the pages of posthumous works. Many were finished and studiously copied, while others were clearly not yet where the author wanted takes them. The first collection of Emily Dickinson’s work was published in 1890, but the third was not issued until 1945.

Her poems speak of great renunciation and hint that the “atom” she preferred was an unnamed married man, but this attachment seems to have been more a matter of introverted devotion than outgoing passion.
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