19 November 2013

Emily Dickinson: nihilist?

Could it be that Emily Dickinson was a nihilist?

By homely gift and hindered Words
The human heart is told
Of Nothing —
"Nothing" is the force
That renovates the World —


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    1. Maybe overall she leaned transcendentalist. . .but this poem is definitely nihilisitic.

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  2. Anonymous3:47 PM

    Every time I see an Emily Dickinson poem I smile because the nun who taught us AP English pointed out that you can sing most of her poems to the tune of Gilligan's Island. All these years later, I realize how much I really learned in her class because of her deft use of humor to help us learn.

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    1. Also, "Yellow Rose of Texas" and most Methodist hymns ("Amazing Grace").

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  3. Anonymous6:12 PM

    To see a very recently discovered daguerreotype of Emily, go to www.kaplancollection.com.

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  4. or in the spirit of St John of the Cross..... Nada Nada Nada

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  5. Or possibly instead.... in the spirit of St. John of the Cross..... Nada, Nada, Nada (nothing)

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  6. I've always thought that she was depressing and such. I am surprised that you are reading her! A nihiist? hmmmm maybe, but I dunno for I have never met a true nihilist....

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    1. ED is one of my all-time fav poets. . .I took a grad seminar on her work and wrote a paper comparing her work to Adrienne Rich's. ED is one of my Deserted Island picks.

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