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Happy Birthday, Emily Dickinson!

Happy birthday to Emily Dickinson (10 December, 1830 – 15 May, 1886)!



No rack can torture me,
My soul's at liberty.
Behind this mortal bone
There knits a bolder one

You cannot prick with saw,
Nor rend with scymitar.
Two bodies therefore be;
Bind one, and one will flee.

The eagle of his nest
No easier divest
And gain the sky,
Than mayest thou,

Except thyself may be
Thine enemy;
Captivity is consciousness,
So 's liberty.

- Emily Dickinson (1890)


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Dec. 10th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
"And you read your Emily Dickinson,
And I my Robert Frost. . . ."

("The Dangling Conversation," Simon and Garfunkel)

I think my favorite of hers is "The soul selects her own society."
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, nice choice!
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:25 pm (UTC)
Dec. 16th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
Ack! I hadn't seen this. Not good! Thanks so much for the heads up.
Dec. 16th, 2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
We've been to Caerleon (his home town) a couple of times, where there's nowhere to buy his books. I'll try to go to Newport library soon, to (a) read some interesting stuff and (b) show that it is being used.
Dec. 29th, 2014 11:35 am (UTC)
Dec. 17th, 2014 01:40 am (UTC)
I love Dickinson. I have "I'm nobody" memorized by heart.
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