Haven’t had enough of Emily yet? Well then this post is for you. Here’s a list of some resources to dig even deeper into her poetry.
Of course, this has to top the list. From bios to articles and poems, the Poetry Foundation has so much to offer. What’s great is they have permission from Amherst to publish online the poems that Harvard University Press has copyrighted. That means her poems in all their glory with dashes and without Higgins’ corrections. Scroll down to the podcasts. Basically anything Al Filreis has to say about Dickinson is gold.
Mount Holyoke College Postcard Collection
Donna Albino was kind enough to provide the scan of the first day of issue Emily Dickinson stamp for the post this week. You can find more postcards and letters and other ephemera over at her site. Get a feel for what it was like when Dickinson attended from 1847-1848.
You know how when you read a Dickinson poem and your first thought is, “Wait Emily, I don’t think that word means what you think it means…?” Well you’re not alone. The tenor of her poetry is so private that it’s almost like she has her own unique vocabulary. The great thing is the folks over at Emily Dickinson Lexicon have you covered. They’ve alphabetized and defined every word in her poetry. The best part is they have citation examples by poem number.
I have to say that I love how much this blog posts about Hopkins, but they also have great posts on Dickinson here. As always, the short analysis is both fascinating and accessible.
So you’ve enjoyed Dickinson’s poetry this week and want to know more about her life. Then check out the Emily Dickinson Museum online. The physical site includes the house where Dickinson was born and is under the management of Amherst College. And if you’re in the Amherst area, it looks like they have a poetry discussion group next week.
It’s “Mount Holyoke” not “Mount Holy Oak,” though the pagan in me does like the idea of a sacred oak tree on Mount Holyoke …
Thank you for the mention of my website!
Sorry for the misspelling! It’s corrected now.