Emily Dickinson today is gaining her deserved place alongside Walt Whitman as one of the two greatest American poets of the nineteenth century. Beginning always with particulars of personal experience, her poems encompass life and death, love and longing, joyfulness and sorrow. With sparse, precise language, she conveys a penetrating vision of the natural world and an acute understanding of the most profound human truths.
Emily Dickinson was a prolific poet, writing nearly 1,800 known pieces. Only 7 of these, however, were published before her death in 1886. This 50-poem collection includes such selections as "Forbidden Fruit," "I Had a Guinea Golden," and "Love's Baptism." There are several pieces about one of her favorite themes, the sea, which she describes as "an everywhere of silver." As is the case with most poetry, Dickinson's poems come alive when read aloud. These works--sometimes witty, sometimes sorrowful--are read by a talented group of actresses, including Stephanie Beacham, Glenda Jackson, Sharon Stone, and Meryl Streep. Listen to Glenda Jackson read Emily Dickinson's "I Died for Beauty." Visit our audio help page for more information. (Running time: 45 minutes, 1 cassette) --C.B. Delaney