She compared herself with a wren, her contemporaries noted her easy gait, a quiet voice and a quick mind, and critics talked about her huge queries. All that is about Emily Dickinson - one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of the world literature, both in human and in artistic terms. Her career is extraordinary and secret-like as even her relatives and friends had no idea that she wrote poetry.
During the lifetime, Dickinson published only eight poems, all unsigned. Her first collection, published posthumously in 1890, attracted little attention. Such a quiet, inconspicuous life was reflected in the works of the poetess. Loneliness and silence often allow penetrating much deeply into the human soul, to understand the essence of nature and open the door to the existence.
Therefore, the Bible takes an exceptional place in the lyrics of Emily Dickinson. The researchers, who undertook to select “Biblical" poems of the poetess, have discovered that practically the entire body of her works even the texts that do not mention biblical events and characters, one way or another are referred to the Bible. The themes of other Dickinson’s poems are the perennial themes of poetry: nature, love, life, death, and immortality. However, for Emily, these concepts are not abstract, but something very valid and specific. As a rule, she describes very short, everyday life events: morning, the clover flower, a well in the garden), but in the background, there is always a philosophical base. Therefore, any small detail of everyday life under the pen of hers acquires a special sound.
Her poetry world is complex and contradictory. Nevertheless, her poems are not descriptive and full of the internal energy. Dickinson explores the dark, hidden corners of consciousness, dramatises death and the grave. She mostly writes 10-line miniatures which are very intense and filled with images. She never uses two words if one is enough; combines concrete things with abstract ideas. Her lines are aphoristic and the style is concise and dynamic.
Dickinson's poems continue to attract the attention of critics who are very ambivalent about her works. Some emphasise the mystical side of her poetry; the other - her special love of nature. Many note her eccentricity and passion to the exotic. Pure, clear, measured poetry of Emily Dickinson is one of the most captivating and challenging pages in American literature.
She compared herself with a wren, her contemporaries noted her easy gait, a quiet voice and a quick mind, and critics talked about her huge queries. All that is about Emily Dickinson - one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of the world literature, both in human and in artistic terms.