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Poetry as a craft always entails, for Emily Dickinson, the renunciation of naming--to the extent, indeed, that she questions the validity of language altogether. This repeated questioning leads ultimately to the "breakdown" at the end of the poem, where the words end and a pregnant pause presages the world beyond utterance.
The truest poem, then, is that which is least like a poem: In this truncated poem, Dickinson stresses vision, claiming that the sight of the summer sky, rather than one's verbal abstraction of it, is the true poem.
To that end she excises the description of the sky, and ends with the word "flee-" as if the poet escaped from the poem into the silence of the summer sky.
Quite possibly, Dickinson could not apply her talents to social subjects with much force because they did not arouse in her the kinds of emotion which she struggles to express and control in her best love poems. If all you know about Emily Dickinson comes from a few sparkling nature poems and “The Belle of Amherst,” cover your eyes. Your carriage is about to cross into Amherst’s red-light district. At some point in their 40s, men’s testosterone production begins to slow. By some estimates, levels of this hormone drop by about 1% a year. As men get into their 50s, 60s, and beyond, they may start to have signs and symptoms of low testosterone. These include reduced sex drive and sense of.
After all, she could have simply said "the Summer Sky is poetry," thereby obviating the need for a perceiver at all. Instead, she claims that the act of viewing yields poetry. Thus this poem manifests a paradox from which her evasive art springs: In form and content, then, the poem inspires my definition of her poetry; it requires the poet to silence herself in order to retain the integrity of nature.
In deifying the remote, the unexplainable, and the yet to be experienced, she succeeds in freeing her lyrics from traditional landscape painting, but by adhering to her contention that the truest poems are those not written, she questions the role of the poet as singer.
Like Frost's Oven Bird she "knows in singing not to sing" 12and the result is a movement towards silence, represented by the greater brevity of the later poems. Critics display a renewed focus on the poems, but many have merely superimposed or projected the sensational aspects of her life on the art: Despite Dickinson's insistence that she endeavored to write poems that "flee," her evasiveness constitutes, for most readers, either a failure of execution or post-modern dislocation.
They will not concede that--to paraphrase Marianne Moore--these omissions are no accident and, moreover, that Dickinson's new reticence is the healing tissue that reconnects her to a world from which inherited language alienated her.
Any criticism that attempts to resurrect T. Eliot's claim that great poetry stems from "a continual extinction of personality" 53 is neolithic. I find, in fact, a fruitful synergy between Dickinson's personality and her poetry, and I encourage critics to approach her life and letters as integral aspects of her art.
I object, however, to those who have generated crippling cause-and-effect theories that skew her poetry by psychological maimings. Such approaches that excavate specific traumas to explain the poems alienate readers from what they are told is an aberrant artistic expression, and deflect attention from the powerful linguistic strategies that could reshape their own lives.
Yes, Dickinson's life and verse are evasive, these critics claim, but they invoke only negative, even pathological connotations of the word. John Cody is the most renowned progenitor of this reductive theory. He claims "the profoundly disordered undercurrent one senses in the life moves also through the poetry.
Desolation, hopelessness, and a fierce and frustrated longing arise from nearly every page" Cody earmarks an unsatisfying mother-daughter relationship as the genesis for Dickinson's "ravenous search for affection" that "saturate[s] the poetry and the letters" Suzanne Juhasz castigates Cody for "wreak[ing] havoc with the context and content of her life and art," and for claiming that Dickinson's failure as a woman led her to the "compensatory act of poetry" Introduction 4.
Cody's assumption that her artistic elusiveness and experimentation are subconscious expressions of profound gender confusion misrepresents, according to Juhasz, the optimistic and intentional nature of her artistic strategy; Dickinson's decision to be an evasive poet was quite natural and understandable given the "sex roles available to her" Introduction 4.
Some have approached Dickinson with the assumption that evasion, to cite the initial dictionary definition, is "an act or instance of escaping, avoiding, or shirking something" Random House Thomas Higginson, her earliest critic, found a "spasmodic" quality in her verse which would hinder public consumption L New Critics obsessed with establishing canons and keeping score, found it difficult to rate a body of verse lacking in titles, thematic divisions and dates Blackmur ; Anderson.
Denis Donoghue dubbed her mainly an epigrammatic poet whose poems habitually started with a strong couplet, but finished weakly: Where a poem has two or three stanzas, the first is invariably the one that does the work, the others tend to peter out or to dribble away as if the energy leaked.
She was in trouble whenever some little thing had to be amplified, developed, teased. He assumes the shortness and evanescence of her lyrics was a reflection of her inability to sustain or develop an argument rather than a conscious choice of genre and style.
Donoghue revives the prejudice under which writers of lyric poetry have always labored. Margaret Dickie claims the lyric was a publically degraded form in the nineteenth century because "it was regarded as insufficient to express the new country" 7.
She adds that the tendency "to judge the greatness of a work by the greatness of its theme and length. Donoghue, Blackmur, and Anderson censure Dickinson for avoiding her responsibility as a poet to harness her creative fury, regularize her music or, in Donoghue's criticism, to create essay-like poems that evince seamless development of theme.
Dickinson's formal elusiveness, however, does not stem from a want of skill, as 5 these men suggest. I will argue that Dickinson intentionally practices these stylistic innovations to evade limitation and expand the scope of art. Robert Weisbuch and David Porter believe Dickinson's evasion constitutes "physical and mental escape" Random House John Henry Newman, Cong.
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