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The Emily Sonnets: The Life of Emily Dickinson

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She was quiet and fiercely private. She was bold and fiercely creative. And it wasn't until after her death that the world came to know her genius. In The Emily Sonnets, Jane Yolen's beautiful sonnets and insightful biographical notes spotlight Emily Dickinson's schooling, seclusion, and the slant rhymes for which she became famous, while Gary Kelley's captivating artwork ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 29th 2012 by Creative Editions
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Jun 19, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was ok
The size and format of a picture-book. Shelved as YA-biography in my library. Suitable, imo, for all ages 8 up, possibly younger if the child is sensitive to verse. I, personally, did not care for it. But then, I've never been much of a fan of Yolen, and the expressionistic, stylized, somber images don't work for me. The best part was the quoted source material in the notes, imo, and so I suggest that ppl who want to know more about Dickinson seek out a bio that has more of that. No bibliography ...more
May 17, 2016 Suzanne rated it really liked it
I love the idea of this book. I just think that Jane Yolen is a good author who suffers by comparison when she tries to channel the voice of Emily Dickinson. Lovely illustrations and a good biographical representation of Dickinson's life, just not the quality of poetry that Dickinson wrote.
Paul  Hankins
This is the Yolen title I have been waiting for all year (despite my many desperate inquiries and begging).

And, now, on a Saturday afternoon, I finally get to sit down and read Jane's touching tribute to Emily Dickinson. What I liked most about the book was discovering that there were, in fact, notes at the end of the book. If you are fan of Dickinson's work, read through the sonnets first and then go through the notes. You'll see that Jane has lovingly woven allusions back to Dickinson's words
For me to give a poetry book 3 stars is saying a lot for the book. I usually am not a fan of poetry at all, but sometimes a book comes around to catch my attention. The most interesting thing about this book was that it is a book of poems by a poet written by another author/poet. Jane Yolen is extremely well known for her children’s books. Poems in general can be hard to understand, especially Emily Dickinson from the 19th century. Jane Yolen did a wonderful job creating poetry about one of ...more
Landon Rotolo-Utz
The Emily Sonnets is a wonderful piece for the elementary classroom. Children will not only be introduced to the wonderful world of poetry but also a variation of biography literature. The text uses different colors of font to help tell the story of Emily's life. Unlike most biographies this book used her poems and illustrations instead of typical paragraph style writing. Next to the title of each poem it reads who the speaker is for that particular poem. So many of them read, (Emily speaks) t ...more
Apr 06, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
Lovely! Yolen's sonnets created interesting imagery as I came to know a little bit about the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson. Gary Kelley's paintings are beautiful complements to the text. I enjoyed gaining my own meaning, before reading the interesting biographical facts that Yolen included in the back matter. Most of Dickinson's poetry was never read until after her death! Definitely did not know that! Great to add to a poetry or biography collection.
Jan 01, 2013 Dianna rated it really liked it
Poems about the life of Emily Dickinson. There is biographical information about her at the back of the book about each sonnet. I wished I had read that first.
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Oct 16, 2012 Nan Williams rated it it was amazing

Lovely. Just lovely.
Beautiful tribute. Beautiful artwork. And of course, beautiful poetry.
Beautiful illustrations, and an interesting look at Emily Dickinson told in verse, with notes on her life at the end.
May 11, 2013 Cathi rated it really liked it
I learned more about Dickenson from this from several other sources I've read. So elegantly simple. I liked the way Yolen elaborates on each sonnett in the Notes at the end of the book
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Beautiful poetry and a lovely tribute to Emily Dickinson. A wonderful read.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in ...more
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