The Poetry and Life of Emily Dickinson
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830. She was from a small town in Amherst, Massachusetts. One hundred and seventy-one years later people enjoy reading Emilyâs poetry. There is intrigue behind both her poetry and her life. Emily Dickinson remains a popular poet; her poetry has stood the test of time. Dickinson shunned public attention and during her life, she refused to have her poetry published. Between five and twelve pieces of her poetry were actually published (numbers vary according to different sources). She was known as the "Myth of Amherst" because so little was known about her life. Some of the pleasures Dickinsonâs poetry elicits are joy, serenity and hope, to name only a few. To this day readers also enjoy the myths and legends that surround the life of Emily Dickinson. This paper will attempt to classify the kinds of pleasure found in reading both her poetry and the stories behind her life
Many emotions are stirred in the reader of Dickinsonâs poetry. One kind of pleasure that might be experienced while reading her poetry is joy. While reading poem number 326:
"I cannot dance upon my Toes-
No Man instructed me-
But of ten times, among my mind,
A Glee possesseth me·"
the reader experiences the joy that the writer expresses in her desire to dance. In Dickinsonâs poem number 322:
"There came a Day at Summerâs full,
Entirely for me-
I thought that such were for the Saints,
Where Resurrections ö be ö
The Sun, as common, went abroad,
The flowers, accustomed, blew,
As if no soul the solstice passed
That maketh all things new·"
there is a joy in knowing that beautiful days and flowers can sometimes feel like they were made for just us. The reader shares the writersâ joy that a summersâ day was made just for her. The emotions and feelings that unfold while reading Dickinsonâs poetry probably stem from the great explicit detail brought to describe every word arrangement, so that exact pictures can be brought to the mind of the reader that Dickinson ignites on paper.
Another kind of emotional pleasure that is conjured through reading Dickinsonâs poetry is serenity. Her 339th poem: describes naturesâ beauty and places the reader in a serene place in oneâs own mind.
" I tend my flowers for thee ö
My Fuchsiaâs Coral Seams
Rip ö while the Sower ö dreams -·
Carnations ö tip their spice ö
And Bees ö pickup ö
A Hyacinth ö I hid ö
Puts out a Ruffled Head ö
And odors fall
From flasks ö so small ö
You marvel how they held -·"
Poem number 302 is another example of Dickinsonâs ability to paint a serene picture in the readerâs mind.
"Like Some Old fashioned Miracle
When Summer time is done ö
Seems a Summerâs Recollection
And the Affairs of June·
Her Bees have fictitious Hum ö
Her blossoms, like a Dream ö
Elate us ö till we almost...