Dickinson's Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading

Dickinson's Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading


How will we comprehend that Emily Dickinson wrote poems? How can we realize a poem after we see one? In Dickinson's Misery, Virginia Jackson poses basic questions about interpreting conduct we have now come to take without any consideration. simply because Dickinson's writing remained mostly unpublished whilst she died in 1886, judgements approximately what it was once that Dickinson wrote were left to the editors, publishers, and critics who've introduced Dickinson's paintings into public view. The regular letters, notes on advertisements fliers, verses on split-open envelopes, and collections of verses on own stationery tied including string became the Dickinson poems celebrated considering that her demise as exemplary lyrics.

Jackson makes the bigger argument that the century and a part spanning the circulate of Dickinson's paintings tells the tale of a shift within the ebook, intake, and interpretation of lyric poetry. This shift took the shape of what this publication calls the "lyricization of poetry," a collection of print and pedagogical practices that collapsed the diversity of poetic genres into lyric as a synonym for poetry.

that includes many new illustrations from Dickinson's manuscripts, this publication makes an important contribution to the research of Dickinson and of nineteenth-century American poetry. It maps out the longer term for brand spanking new paintings in old poetics and lyric theory.

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