Emily Dickinson spoems have been so eager for her prose that her sister has gathered these letters, and committed their preparation to me. Emily Dickinson sverses, often but the reflection of a passing mood, do not always completely represent herself, rarely, indeed, showing the dainty humor, the frolicsome gayety, which continually bubbled over in her daily life. The sombre and even weird outlook upon this world and the next, characteristic of many of the poems, was by no means a prevailing condition of mind; for, while fully apprehending all the tragic elements in life, enthusiasm and bright joyousness were yet her normal qualities, and stimulating moral heights her native dwelling-place. All this may be glimpsed in her letters, no less full of charm, it is believed, to the general reader, than to Emily Dickinson spersonal friends. As she kept no journal, the letters are the more interesting because they contain all the prose which she is known to have written.
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