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Offers a brief profile of Emily Dickinson, analyzes her major poems, and discusses the themes and style of her work
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YA-- A fascinating, detailed study of Dickinson's life and work. Part I examines her family, the strong influence on her of her father, and the great pressure she bore because, while believing deeply in God, she rejected organized religion. Conjectures are included on the extent and nature of her affection for Judge Lord and several other potential suitors. The book comes alive in Part II, a six-chapter section on Dickinson's poetry and possible influences. There is a great chapter on whom she read (Melville, Hawthorne, Poe) and whom she didn't (Whitman). In addition to extensive analysis of specific poems and imagery, Knapp makes a thought-provoking parallel between Dickinson's eye, as expressed in her writing, and the Surrealists' eye, as expressed in their painting. This connection is continued through the remainder of the book. The final section discusses Dickinson's ability to write poetry that penetrates the psyche to a deep, mystical level, as well as her gift for creating complex puns. A carefully conceived book.
- Barbara Weathers, Duchesne Academy, Houston
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Book Description Continuum Intl Pub Group, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110826404413
Book Description Continuum Intl Pub Group (Sd), 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0826404413
Book Description Continuum Intl Pub Group, 1989. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0826404413