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Publisher Comments:

Seamus Heaney, Denis Donoghue, William Pritchard, Marilyn Butler, Harold Bloom, and many others have praised Helen Vendler as one of the most attentive readers of poetry. Here, Vendler turns her illuminating skills as a critic to 150 selected poems of Emily Dickinson. As she did in The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets, she serves as an incomparable guide, considering both stylistic and imaginative features of the poems.

In selecting these poems for commentary Vendler chooses to exhibit many aspects of Dickinson's work as a poet, "from her first-person poems to the poems of grand abstraction, from her ecstatic verses to her unparalleled depictions of emotional numbness, from her comic anecdotes to her painful poems of aftermath." Included here are many expected favorites as well as more complex and less often anthologized poems. Taken together, Vendler's selection reveals Emily Dickinson's development as a poet, her astonishing range, and her revelation of what Wordsworth called "the history and science of feeling."

In accompanying commentaries Vendler offers a deeper acquaintance with Dickinson the writer, "the inventive conceiver and linguistic shaper of her perennial themes."

Synopsis:

A Lapham's Quarterly Best Book of the Year

Synopsis:

First Things Notable Book of 2010

About the Author

Helen Vendler is A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University.

Harvard University

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674066380
Author:
Vendler, Helen
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American/General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20121112
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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