Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Emily Dickinson, b. December 10, 1830

Emily (Elizabeth) Dickinson, b. December 10, 1830

"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."

"I dwell in possibility ..."

"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry."

I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you — Nobody — too?
Then there 's a pair of us!
Dont tell! they 'd advertise — you know!

How dreary — to be — Somebody!
How public — like a Frog —
To tell one's name — the livelong June —
To an admiring Bog!

#260, R.W. Franklin Variorum Edition

The Myth of Amherst —
Bird — Bee — Flower — Frog —
What if Emily had a blog?

re This lonely poem

Withdrawing more and more from the outside world, Emily began in the summer of 1858 what would be her lasting legacy. Reviewing poems she had written previously, she began making clean copies of her work, assembling carefully pieced-together manuscript books. The forty fascicles she created from 1858 through 1865 eventually held nearly eight hundred poems. No one was aware of the existence of these books until after her death.Wikipedia