Comment 1 of 42, added on July 14th, 2008 at 6:51 AM.
In "To be forgot by thee," Dickinson proves herself to be the equal of
Donne and Herbert as a metaphysical wit. Only such a great poet could
collapse the dialectic between remembering and forgetting in such a short
span of time. What takes Hegel volumes to explicate, Emily does in a few
lines: thesis, anti-thesis, and synthesis. Forgetting in her poem is not
the anti-thesis of remembering, but, in reality, a higher form of memory.
The energy of forgetting proves that the beloved must have been known and
seen and remembered. We do not forget what we never remembered.Dickinson's
wit is greater even than Shakespeare's creation, Rosalind, and she may have
been a true hybrid of Rosalind and Cordelia. Young writers would do well to
sharpen their wits on Shakespeare and the King James as Emily did. I hope a
kind soul posts "I dreaded that first Robin so," a particular favorite of
mine. It is necessary to post them with titles, but one should add the
qualifier (Title is not Emily's). She had no title save the crown and glory
of the poems.
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