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Dickinson by Helen Vendler
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Oct 06, 10

bookshelves: classic, non-fiction, poetry, writing-help
Read from October 03 to 06, 2010

No one offers insight into poetry as detailed and yet clear as Helen Vendler. I have gained something from each of her books.

This one on Dickinson, like the others, is more of a browser's book. . .find a poem you want to understand better, wrestle with the poem a while by yourself, and then take a look at what Vendler has to say.

While she sometimes makes outlandish claims about the impact of a particular word or meter, she is always entertaining and always helpful in giving the reader something else to think about.

I love Emily Dickinson's work. I cannot say that I truly understand Dickinson's work. With Helen Vendler's help, I can speak somewhat intelligently about the possibility of meaning in Dickinson's work.
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