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Emily Dickinson as a Second Language : Demystifying the Poetry

Author: Greg Mattingly
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) wrote in 19th century American English and referenced long-vanished cultural contexts. A "private poet," she created her own vocabulary, and many of her poems have quite specific local and personal connections. Twenty-first century readers may find her poetry elusive and challenging. Promoting a richer appreciation of Dickinson's work for a modern audience, this book explores unfamiliar  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Mattingly, Greg, 1946-
Emily Dickinson as a Second Language.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2018]
(OCoLC)1009307237
Named Person: Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Mattingly
ISBN: 9781476631950 1476631956
OCLC Number: 1044733720
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Acknowledgments; Table of Contents; Foreword by Cindy Dickinson; Preface; Introduction; One. Words to Lift Your Hat To; Forgotten Words and Meanings from 19th-Century America; The Language of Home; Victorian Flower Language; Coining Her Own Words; Two. New England; Pictures of an Agricultural Community; Feeling the Cycles of the Seasons; The Railroad Comes to Town; Three. The Private Poet; Circumference; North, South, East and West; Latitude, Degree, Meridian; Film; Physiognomy; Dickinson's Italic; Four. The Second Great Awakening; Emily Dickinson's Religious Heritage; Early Struggles The Language of the ChurchSigns and Emblems; Argument from Design; Five. The King James Version; Biblical Allusion, Christian Typology and a Pagan Goddess; The Vail; The Book of Revelation; Some Very Different Crowns; The Symbolic White; Intimate with the Gospels; Six. The Poem in Context; "My Friends are my Estate"; Life in Amherst; The Great White Plague; The American Civil War; The Trove, the Herbarium and the Vault; Seven. Secrets of the Temple: Specialized Vocabularies; The Law, Commerce and Politics; The Language of Science; Eight. The Language of Intimacy It's Like She's Talking Directly to Me!Conversational Style; The Omitted Center; Words Beyond Words; Nine. The Poet's Toolbox; "If no mistake you have made, losing you are"; Double Duty Words; A Poet's License; Sweet Torment and Sumptuous Despair; A Turn at the End; Afterword; Appendix A; Appendix B; Chapter Notes; Bibliography; Index of First Lines; General Index
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Emily Dickinson (1830u1886) wrote in 19th century American English and referenced long-vanished cultural contexts. A ""private poet,"" she created her own vocabulary, and many of her poems have quite  Read more...

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