Monday, December 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Emily Dikinson

I didn't realize... today is Emily Dickinson's birthday. I learned a lot browsing around... my favorite is this Timeline, since I'm a visual learner. :-) What an amazing woman who dared to be herself where & when she was. 


Emily Dickinson, regarded as one of America’s greatest poets, is also well known for her unusual life of self imposed social seclusion. Living a life of simplicity and seclusion, she yet wrote poetry of great power; questioning the nature of immortality and death, with at times an almost mantric quality. Her different lifestyle created an aura; often romanticised, and frequently a source of interest and speculation. But ultimately Emily Dickinson is remembered for her unique poetry. Within short, compact phrases she expressed far-reaching ideas; amidst paradox and uncertainty her poetry has an undeniable capacity to move and provoke.


T'is So Much Joy

’T is so much joy! ’T is so much joy!
If I should fail, what poverty!
And yet, as poor as I
Have ventured all upon a throw;
Have gained! Yes! Hesitated so
This side the victory!
Life is but life, and death but death!
Bliss is but bliss, and breath but breath!
And if, indeed, I fail,
At least to know the worst is sweet.
Defeat means nothing but defeat,
No drearier can prevail!
And if I gain,—oh, gun at sea,
Oh, bells that in the steeples be,
At first repeat it slow!
For heaven is a different thing
Conjectured, and waked sudden in,
And might o’erwhelm me so!



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2 comments:

  1. Yay! Happy bday to one of my favorite poets! Most of her stuff is about death, so I applaud you for finding a fairly upbeat one. :D

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    1. Lol. That took some doin', actually. I finally googled "favorite poems by" and found this page I linked to. I really love (not sure I said this) how she insisted on being her deep, dark poetic self in the face of her culture. Amazing.

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