As private as she was eccentric, Emily Dickinson published only a handful of poems in her lifetime. Most of her work, much of which dealt with themes of death and immortality, was published posthumously, to mixed reviews. But it would be her unconventional poetic style, which was most criticized early on, that would ultimately gain her recognition as one of the greatest American poets of all time.
Here, a lovely sampling of the poems of Emily Dickinson is brought to your ears by Patricia Rodriguez, Richard Mitchely, Tim Graham, Gideon Wagner, and Ghizela Rowe.
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If you have never LISTENED to Dickinson, do.
I have been a LIFE LONG fan of verse and poetic form. Since childhood (I’m 33) I have naturally just fell into line with the style and written throughout my life for pure pleasure. I own almost every classic collection you can think of in every form imaginable. I never owned Dickinson however picked her up a week ago in a used book store. I started reading and was surprised to like, ehhh, a few. I wrongly assumed her to be a nature loving loafer and I am not one tended towards nature poems. Then I accidentally purchased my whole cart earlier tonight and this was in my library. So I gave her another shot. WHAT A MOMENT OF SELF AWARENESS IN MY OWN NAIVE ASSUMPTIONS!!!!! She is simply layered, refreshingly dark, intriguinging, soul piercing and everything a modern Instagram poet only wishes to capture into the page. As far as myself, she has fired up my creative engine and I am ready to climb out of bed (its 5am) and write! Who needs sleep right? Apparently she spent much time to herself and was quite fond of her melancholy. Oh, another surprise as I too am exactly the same. Maybe next time I shall take a walk in nature with her. I will probably listen to this more than once (or thrice for that matter). The narrators are great and the variety adds a nice fluidity and change of “scenery” for the mind as they do not start running together and allowing the listener to get lost in thought. I appreciate that in this collection. If you are new to poetry or young, listen with the full knowledge that Dickinson is a breed of her own. Her grammatical merits are purposefully placed for a reason. She is a very deep and pondering soul and very self aware. I can see why she flew over my radar for a while. I had to understand the pains of life before I could appreciate thoroughly this wonderful poet. Stark and blunt this is already easily a favorite which I will buy in book form.
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