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Old 01-12-2019, 10:39 AM
Stephen Hampton Stephen Hampton is offline
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Never mind. Grading fatigue.
Quite alright James,
get some rest, maybe latter?

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Old 01-12-2019, 11:05 AM
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Yes Roger,
The butchery was in her lifetime, the dozen or so poems she submitted.

Could it be that is the reason she never again shared her heart and soul with "professional" publishers?


I wish I new.

Thanks for responding,

Sincerely,

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I think you need to do more research on this question. There's very little indication that Emily wanted to publish her poems. In fact, most of what was published in her lifetime was unattributed and solicited. Simply by sharing her work with friends and family in various letters, she developed a private reputation as being very talented, and there were people asking for permission to publish her. In fact, the famous author Helen Hunt Jackson frequently urged her to publish more and chastised her for her refusal to do so. She wrote to Emily saying, for example, “You are a great poet—and it is a wrong to the day you live in, that you will not sing aloud.”

At the very least, your poem's claim that Emily "shared them with no one" is simply and demonstrably false, since her letters are filled with poems she shared with many different people.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:19 AM
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[quote=Jim Moonan;431013]Hi Stephen,
I agree with others this misses the mark as far as the accuracy of facts are concerned.

Thanks Jim,

My mark is not accuracy of published "facts". I'll leave that to historians....praying they are not revisionists.


I intended 10 lines of 10 syllables; my personal ongoing frustrations Never Really Knowing Emily.


Thinking about your suggestions.


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Old 01-12-2019, 11:30 AM
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I think you need to do more research on this question. There's very little indication that Emily wanted to publish her poems. In fact, most of what was published in her lifetime was unattributed and solicited. Simply by sharing her work with friends and family in various letters, she developed a private reputation as being very talented, and there were people asking for permission to publish her. In fact, the famous author Helen Hunt Jackson frequently urged her to publish more and chastised her for her refusal to do so. She wrote to Emily saying, for example, “You are a great poet—and it is a wrong to the day you live in, that you will not sing aloud.”

At the very least, your poem's claim that Emily "shared them with no one" is simply and demonstrably false, since her letters are filled with poems she shared with many different people.
Thank you Roger,
I was thinking of poems she kept in her mind and never shared. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe she never done such a silly thing. I wish I knew.

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Old 01-16-2019, 03:10 AM
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There is plenty of good books about her relationship with Higgonsworth.
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Stephen, there are a lot of grammatical and spelling mistakes in this poem that are the first thing that you should correct.

But, at the broader level, the issue is that you're writing a poem about Emily Dickinson that doesn't really give me any sense that the poet has a deep connection with Dickinson's work. There's no indication that the poet knows what makes Dickinson's poems so good.

I recommend reading this poem by Hart Crane, also about Dickinson, because I think it possesses what your poem lacks. I know, after reading this poem, why Crane cared enough about Dickinson to write a poem about her.
To Emily Dickinson

You who desired so much—in vain to ask—
Yet fed your hunger like an endless task,
Dared dignify the labor, bless the quest—
Achieved that stillness ultimately best,

Being, of all, least sought for: Emily, hear!
O sweet, dead Silencer, most suddenly clear
When singing that Eternity possessed
And plundered momently in every breast;

—Truly no flower yet withers in your hand.
The harvest you descried and understand
Needs more than wit to gather, love to bind.
Some reconcilement of remotest mind—

Leaves Ormus rubyless, and Ophir chill.
Else tears heap all within one clay-cold hill.
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