3 - significant change in thought but sometimes their meaning is at best ambiguous if not indecipherable He wrote the poem to reflect his school of

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Stephen Patton 1/18/2011 Billy Collins interview Billy Collins likes Emily Dickinson’s mysteriousness above anything else. Each of her short poems illuminate a little bit of herself, and then she goes again, closing the door that revealed her. The length of her poetry definitely contributes to her mystery. Whitman doesn’t give short glances into his life. He stands naked in the street. His poetry, in all its length, give a clear idea of the life of the poet, and I feel this is a turn off to Collins. Dickinson’s consistent meter adds to her mystery. By telling so many stories in the same frame, I feel like she keeps most of herself concealed. Finally, Collins mentioned that sometimes Dickinson’s dashes mark a
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Unformatted text preview: significant change in thought, but sometimes their meaning is at best ambiguous, if not indecipherable. He wrote the poem to reflect his school of thought that the poetry is important and beautiful by itself, and too much study of the poet dilutes the poetic experience. He’d rather experience just what the poet has presented him with. The relieved sigh that Dickinson gave in response to the loosened corset is the same sigh readers give after mindnumbingly pouring into Dickinson’s uneventful life and then finally go back and read one of her poems where she’s actually interesting....
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course ENGL 2340 taught by Professor Christopherpizzino during the Spring '11 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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