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Lecture 021 - Emily Dickinson

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English 3667F/G
Stephen Adams

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Lecture 021Emily DickinsonNovember 28 2011thMajor figures of 19 c poetry Walt WhitmanEmily Dickinsonlarge contrast between the two hard to imagine two poets who are less alike in some ways they are the son and daughter in Emerson Whitman obvious ways Dickinson not so obviousWhitman is overflowing and optimistic Dickinson is very tightly knit and ironicWhitman is enthusiastic Dickinson is skeptical Whitmans general outlook is from the kind of Emersonian unitiarian rationalistic side of American religious outlooksDickinsons father was a severe and narrowly focused religious characterEmily Dickinson bizarre and enigmatic recluse wrote prodigiously throughout all her lifePublished a very small number of her poems actually wrote MUCH more Handstitched pieces of paper into little booklets she made of herself her relatives got together and chose poems that were appropriate and began publishing small collections of her poetry in the late 1900sThese small collections became the basis of her reputation for the first half thof the 20 c Tidied upeditorially punctuated the form and meter were fixed etc
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