Emily Dickinson's poetry, letters, and life have astounded readers and scholars alike for more than one hundred years. She is the author some of the world's most original, enigmatic, and expansive poems. Largely shunning publication- which she famously derided it as "the Auction of the Mind of Man"- upon her death she left it to her family to decide what to do with the nearly 1,800 poems she had hoarded in a locked dresser drawer. By turns strangely intimate, witty, sardonic, ebullient, and frighteningly sublime, the poems have since fascinated generations of readers and generated endless speculation about the poet's mind and life.
This volume in the Critical Insights series brings together a variety of new and classic essays on Dickinson's life and work. Topics range from the historical and present state of Dickinson criticism, to the influences of New England Puritanism, Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and the Civil War upon her work, to analyses of her writing style and how her use of language and metaphor reveal Dickinson's mental schemata.Start now