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Emily Dickinson's unique poetry to be featured at Abbot Library's March 17 poetry salon

Posted by Christina Jedra  March 8, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Abbot Library: 

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On Sunday, March 17, at 2:00 pm, the Abbot Library’s monthly Poetry Salon continues with a discussion of Emily Dickinson, an American poet who went "against the grain" and wrote poems with short sentences, slant rhymes, and misuse of capitalization, all of which were against the "rules" of poetry for her time.  Claire Keyes, Marblehead poet and Salem State University Professor Emerita, will lead the Salon.
 
Emily Dickinson, known as an enigmatic, playful poet, published a handful of poems in her lifetime, and even those were altered to “fix” her flaunting of poetic convention. Her lack of convention is what makes her so intriguing to our 21st-century sensibilities. She may baffle us because of the incredible concision of her diction and imagery. She may delight us with the range of her imagination – and whimsy. She cannot be ignored because she is our great poet of inwardness. She teaches us the vocabulary of the soul “at White Heat.” Here is a timely sample from one of her poems:

Dear March -- Come in --
How glad I am --
I hoped for you before --

Put down your Hat --
You must have walked --
How out of Breath you are --
Dear March, Come right up the stairs with me --
I have so much to tell --

All are welcome – from longtime poetry lovers to those just wanting to try a new experience!  To get the most out of the Salon, please bring a collection of Dickinson’s poems. A helpful paperback is "The Essential Dickinson," selected and introduced by Joyce Carol Oates, but any collection is fine.  

The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. For additional information, please call 781-631-1481. 

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