Free Verse6. Paid for the publication of his own work
Characteristics of Emily Dickinson
1. Introverted2. College educated – Amherst College3.
Attention to detail4. Structured poetry5. Private poetry published pothumously
What is poetry?
The economical use of words to convey a message or create an image
What do Dickinson’s poems do?
Supposed to make you feel something
If poetry is the economical use of words to convey a message or create an image then how does it accomplish a feel?
1. Sounds2. Images3. Allusions and Connotations
Description of Emily Dickinson
1. The young woman2.
The mature woman3. The recluse > always dressed in white > withdrew from all but immediate family4. She falls in love with a man named Charles Wadsworth > he’s married but they had no physical relations
Emily Dickinson as a poet
1. Poems disseminated only as gifts or cards2. Thomas Wentworth Higginson, editor of Atlantic Monthly, became a friend and encourager3. Published only 7 poems before she died4.
Wrote over 2000 poems
Emily Dickinson — Pothumous Poet
1. Family members and friends started to edit and publish her poetry2. 1955: Thomas H. Johnson attempted to faithfully publish her work3.
At age 55, she passed away > never knew that she would be recognized as one of the great poets America, and perhaps the world, produced > able to see the relationship between a drop of dew and a storm
Emily Dickinson — 2 secrets remain
1. The emotional scar that propelled her into seclusion2. The great secret of her poetic genius
3 Major Themes that define Emily Dickinson’s poetry