looking through Emily Dickinson’s windows….

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View from Emily Dickinson’s bedroom window 

An Hour Renting Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom Where She Wrote Her Entire Life’s Work – Anya Jaremko-Greenwold – Jezebel – 4/19/17

“All four windows look onto Main Street, once and still now bustling with life. Dickinson observed that remotely. The view has changed a bit since she last gazed out; I noticed rows of parking meters, a UPS truck, a parade of school buses, and an American flag curling in the wind. I considered what Dickinson would think of such things. What of climate change? Of Twitter? Of Donald Trump?

“There was also a dead ladybug on Dickinson’s windowsill when I was there. It was funny to see—a personification of femininity and good luck—almost as though the Museum staff had placed it. Dickinson would have written a verse about the bug, so often noting birds, bees, and snakes in her work. In one poem, she refers to a web-spinning spider as an unemployed artist, a ‘neglected son of genius.'”

Also interesting: Emily Dickinson and the Poetics of Glass – Xiao Situ – Material Matters – 2012

“Due to the uneven surfaces of the panes, the landscapes Dickinson saw through her windows did not always seamlessly cohere; subtle variations among the glass caused the framed views to sometimes appear more like glinting, shifting mosaics than stable, unified pictures, depending on where she was situated in the room and how far away she stood or sat from the windows.  These subtle distortions may have influenced how Dickinson saw and what she composed: the ‘angles of landscape,’ ‘slants of light,’ ‘ribbons’ of sunset or sunrise colors that so often appear in her poetry may have had a more material basis than previously thought.”

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