Fake book covers, celebrating 19th century women writers.
[3/5] five poets - emily dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886)
born in amherst, massachusetts, emily dickinson wrote nearly 1800 poems, only about a dozen of them published in her lifetime. unique written for the time period, including characteristics such as short lines, slack titles, and slant rhymes, many of her poems dealt with themes of death and immortality. dickinson is especially famous for the breadth of her poetry and her use of floral imagery.
It’s funny, but I like being “pink and helpless” - When I know I seem that way, I feel terribly competent - and superior. I keep thinking, “Now those men think I’m purely decorative, and they’re just fools for not knowing better” - and I love being rather unfathomable.
literature meme: 1/7 characters - jordan baker; the great gatsby
"Let’s get out. This is much too polite for me."
literature meme | short stories 2/8
The Story of an Hour is a short story written by Kate Chopin on April 19, 1894, and originally published in Vogue on December 6, 1894 as “The Dream of an Hour”. It was first reprinted in St. Louis Life on January 5, 1895 as “The Story of an Hour.”
The title of the short story refers to the time elapsed between the moments at which the protagonist, Louise Mallard, hears that her husband is dead and discovers that he is alive after all. The Story of an Hour was considered controversial during the 1890s because it deals with a female protagonist who feels liberated by the news of her husband’s death. In Unveiling Kate Chopin, Emily Toth argues that Chopin “had to have her heroine die” in order to make the story publishable.
She did not stop to ask if it were or were not a monstrous joy that held her. A clear and exalted perception enabled her to dismiss the suggestion as trivial. She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead. But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.
There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime as she looked upon it in that brief moment of illumination.
And yet she had loved him—sometimes. Often she had not. What did it matter! What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in the face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being!
"Free! Body and soul free!" she kept whispering.
Five Poets: Richard Siken (1/5).
I was trying to investigate the idea of rupture. There’s a necessary violence when separate things try impossibly to unify. In part one, it’s self and other. In part two, it’s the dead and the living. In part three, it’s God and man.
There is empathy, maybe even surprising and suspicious empathy, but it’s for every singular thing that’s trapped in a skin and drowning in gravity, it’s for every singular thing that’s trying grossly, desperately, sloppily to make contact. Sometimes contact ruptures a boundary. Sometimes rupture is the only way to feel the contact. [X]
literature meme | poems 1/9
La Belle Dame sans Merci (“The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy” ) is a ballad written by the English poet John Keats. It exists in two versions, with minor differences between them. The original was written by Keats in 1819. He used the title of a 15th century poem by Alain Chartier, though the plots of the two poems are different. The poem is considered an English classic, stereotypical to other of Keats’ works. It avoids simplicity of interpretation despite simplicity of structure. At only a short twelve stanzas, of only four lines each, with a simple ABCB rhyme scheme, the poem is nonetheless full of enigmas, and has been the subject of numerous interpretations. (x)