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New Poems of Emily Dickinson

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For most of her life Emily Dickinson regularly embedded poems, disguised as prose, in her lively and thoughtful letters. Although many critics have commented on the poetic quality of Dickinson's letters, William Shurr is the first to draw fully developed poems from them. In this remarkable volume, he presents nearly 500 new poems that he and his associates excavated from h ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published September 24th 1993 by University of North Carolina Press
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New Poems of Emily Dickinson -- a bold title! -- by William H. Shurr, with Anna Dunlap and Emily Grey Shurr, offers hundreds of new poems found within Emily's correspondence. Many of them are "fourteeners": a line of iambic tetrameter followed by a line of iambic trimeter. New Poems was published in 1993, and I recently spent a year obsessively reading it.

Emily Dickinson has a matchless, branching mind. Questions about her mostly return unanswered. Her secretive life repels investigative prying.
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Oct 16, 2016 Roxana Toloza Chacón rated it it was ok
This is not a comment on Emily Dickinson's poetry but on the entitled editing of the volume. There were some interest insights, but overall I disliked the tone and the work done. I'm just not sure I can get on board with this revision of material the author didn't even meant to present as such. I am aware there is a case to be made in favor of it, but I do not think I particularly enjoy it.
Katherine Martin
Nov 20, 2015 Katherine Martin rated it really liked it
Emily Dickinson has been a personal favorite of mine since a young age. Her odd habits and obscurity were a source of interest and contemplation to me. I had read many of her poems, but never sat and really studied her works until this book.
I felt that the compilation was very well done. Background information and research was very clear and well done. Some of the "new poems" were a bit odd and I question their being considered a poem, but either way it was a very interesting presentation of the
Oct 08, 2013 Louise rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, poetry
I have to admit that I wasn't really paying attention when I picked this one up... got a pleasant surprise when I realized this included "new" poems that I'd never seen before. Shurr obviously worked very hard to extract these lost bits of poetry from Dickinson's letters, and the book is well-organized. My only complaint is that there's just a little too much academic blather going on -- great if you're looking for a super detailed discussion of what poetry is and how Dickinson's is distinct and ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Rheanne rated it liked it
Emily Dickinson's New Poems taught me the power that can be injected into a poem as short as four or five words. Her miraculous talent to pose something incredibly witty or inquisitive and thoughtful so quickly blows me away. This technique can be applied not only to poetry - I'm positive that it would also help in my prose writing to tighten up and rid myself of "showing not telling".
Jul 11, 2016 Sasha added it
Shelves: poetry, poetics
Unsure how to evaluate this book, as it's not exactly a scholarly work, not quite lit crit, not quite a collection of poetry....but hey, it's Emily Dickinson!
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Emily Dickinson was an American poet who, despite the fact that less than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during her lifetime, is widely considered one of the most original and influential poets of the 19th century.

Dickinson was born to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After she studied at the Amherst Aca
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