On December 10th 1830 Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born. To celebrate this and to pay tribute to this poetess, we decided to publish several poems and background articles about Dickinson. We have been doing this since the start of December.
187 years Emily Dickinson! What can we say about this? There should be no doubt, that Dickinson inspired many. But, there is a catch here. Since the works of Dickinson weren’t published until 1890 and those publications were edited, it is not easy to answer the question who was inspired by this poetess.
Once her work was published, it was out of tone compared to the work of other poets. In fact, the style that she used was considered old-fashioned. Dickinson’s style was moralizing aphoristic and the poems were shorter than those of other poets. The style of Dickinson resembles that of the poet Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748). It is not really clear if Watts formed an inspiration for Dickinson.
There is one problem. If you want to consider this as a “problem.” The style of Dickinson is not only old-fashioned in some way (compared to the work of others). The technique used by Dickinson was different from others, making this work far ahead of her time. This is of course rather contradictory.
As of 1960, schools began to include the poems of Dickinson as part of literature classes. Yes, her work was published in 1890, but it wasn’t that clear Dickinson wrote those poems. Only a select company knew what really was going on. When her fame rose, poets wrote different poems. Still, there are many that were inspired by the abstract form of poetry, leaning heavily on metaphors.
If we should mention some names – by now you are desperately in need of a good answer – the following poets were inspired by Dickinson: Hart Crane and Elizabeth Bishop. Many female writers, were inspired by the words of Dickinson.
How about your work? Are you such a poet, which was or is inspired by Emily Dickinson? We look forward reading your work and publishing your work on our website and the social media channels we use.
December: Emily Dickinson Month
December is for us the time to commemorate Emily Dickinson. Interested in writing your own article about Dickinson or her poems, then contact us for more information!