Emily Dickinson may have lived her life shut up in a room, but her poems lived the life that everyone can relate to. Her poems are followed by an introduction written by her niece Martha Dickinson Bianchi and are divided into sections by topic.
The irony of these Emily Dickinson’s poetry on love is that she lived out her life without every marrying or living with another man besides her father. Yet, are we to assume that she had not underlying crushes? Does an underlying crush allow you to write such poems on love? Yet, she does and she captures what we all feel.
In her poems about love you do tend to see her views on the risk. In fact, by the way she quit on her aspirations of being a poet after being rejected only a few times, it is possible that she did not have the heart for risk. Maybe, she was too sensitive and to afraid to risk love in the same manner she was afraid to risk rejection.
God was also a huge theme throughout her poems. It can even be possible that some of her poems about love might have been referencing God’s love or her love of God. However, he also plays a big part in her poems involving time and eternity as well.
It is also amazing how she captures the simplicity of nature. She describes the little details that may otherwise go unnoticed. In fact, the simplicity can be compared to the simple structures of her poems. These poems are not lengthy and are better off kept simple.
Overall The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson is a great book to read on a rainy day. In fact, the great thing about her book of poems is that you can read a little here and there. You can put it down and then pick it up a month later to continue.