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The Butterfly upon the Lavanda

Posted on the July 9th, 2013

The Butterfly upon the Sky,

That doesn’t know its Name

And hasn’t any tax to pay

And hasn’t any Home

Is just as high as you and I,

And higher, I believe,

So soar away and never sigh

And that’s the way to grieve —

Emily Dickinson

 

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Commentary by Emily Dickinson

Posted on the March 26th, 2013

 

I started Early – Took my Dog –
And visited the Sea –
The Mermaids in the Basement
Came out to look at me –

Emily Dickinson

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SPECK ‘N U (27): White Heat by Brenda Wineapple

Posted on the March 12th, 2013

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Speck is paraphrasing a quote from “White Heat” (2008) by Brenda Wineapple, a literary biography about the friendship between the poet Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. The full quote is: “No man can measure what a single hour with Nature may have contributed to the moulding of his mind.” (Higginson)

Speck ‘N U is a cartoon series that I do. It is often about books. To see more Speck cartoons, click here.

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SPECK ‘N U: 17 (Emily Dickinson)

Posted on the August 29th, 2011

* From “Emily Dickinson: Selected Letters” edited by Thomas H. Johnson

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SPECK ‘N U: 16 (Emily Dickinson)

Posted on the August 4th, 2011

From “The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson” (1960), edited by Thomas H. Johnson

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On hope: Emily Dickinson’s idea

Posted on the April 15th, 2010

From “The Poems of Emily Dickinson” (Franklin, 1999):

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –


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Is my verse alive? Emily Dickinson asked

Posted on the August 20th, 2008

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.
by Emily Dickinson

For fans old or new of Emily Dickinson, a new biography is just out. Titled “White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson & Thomas Wentworth Higginson,” it’s by Brenda Wineapple and it’s getting high praise from critics.

You can find one recent review here from The New York Sun (“The Activist and the Recluse” by Eric Ormsby, Aug 6, 2008).

And if you want to read an excerpt from Wineapple’s book itself, there’s one here on the publisher’s website (Random House/Knopf).

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