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Branching Out Kansas City: Eamon Grennan on Emily Dickinson

Identity to Seek: The Selves of Emily

May 21, 2005 | 2:00 pm

Emily Dickinson

“This talk, ‘Identity to Seek: The Selves of Emily,’ engages with a number of the poems of Emily Dickinson, in order to think about her as a poet who reveals to us, in her nature as a fragmented or multiple self, something about what lyric poetry is and means. I connect her work with some of the remarks Keats makes about the character of the poet, as well as placing her in a lyric context containing such poets as Yeats, Whitman, and Stevens. By closely attending to a few of her poems, I try to see how her extraordinary imagination “works” with language to act out or embody the serious, risky play of consciousness itself.” — Eamon Grennan

A joint initiative with the Poetry Society of America, Branching Out: Poetry for the 21st Century is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Location Westport Branch Library 118 Westport Road Kansas City, MO Sponsored By Poets House


May 21, 2005
2:00 pm
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