Thursday, December 1, 2011

Emily Dickinson's Birthday Dec. 10

I know, I know, today is not Dec. 10 but on that day I will post about being interviewed about my writing life, by a blogger in the UK, so I am moving up this celebration of Emily Dickinson. I am sure Emily won't mind. 

On December 10, we celebrate the birthday of Emily Dickinson, and here is one of her charming poems. Ms. Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 and lived until May 15, 1886.
Born so long ago yet she seems like a fresh, kindred spirit, as revealed in her writing.
Here is one of her poems I have long admired.

I never saw a moor,
I never saw the sea;
Yet know I how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.

I never spoke with God,
Nor visited in heaven;
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the chart were given.

Another short quote from her that I like is "To see the summer sky is poetry, though never in a book it lie - true poems flee.
And a quote of hers that I love as I age:
We turn not older with years,
But newer every day.

Happy birthday early, Emily Dickinson.


Chatty Crone said...

I love Emily Dickerson - something funny though - when my daughter was in high school years ago - she had to take one of her poems and explain it.

Of course old chatty helped. We spent a lot of time on it too!

WE made an F!

Now how did that teacher KNOW that ED really meant and we didn't?


Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

She was something else. The simplicity but sharpness to her words.

Karen said...

Great quotes! Thanks, Terra.

Thisisme. said...

To my shame, I have never heard of Emily Dickinson, but I love her poetry that you have quoted here, and that quotation about getting older is brilliant! I shall not think that I am getting older from now on - just newer!!

rosaria said...

You sure captured some fine lines for us to savor, Terra.
Thank you.

Nezzy said...

'Happy Birthday', no one says it quite like Emily!!!

Love her!

God bless your day sweetie!!! :o)

Rita said...

My favorite of hers is "Hope". Love her.

Congrats on the coming interview!! :):)

High Heeled Life said...

Emily certainly had a way with words!! Great post!! xo HHL

Debbie said...

She was the favorite poet of my favorite language arts teacher in middle school. His favorite (and mine)

He ate and drank the precious words
His spirit grew robust
He knew no more that he was poor
Nor that his frame was dust
He danced along the dingy days
And this bequest of wings,
was but a book...
What liberty a loosened spirit brings!

Happy Early Birthday to Emily Dickinson!

Anonymous said...

nice post! thank you so much for sharing...blessings... soraya

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Yes, Happy Birthday to Emily Dickinson. If only Emily could know how much her writings were still read, appreciated and admired. I also wish these women could know how they opened doors for all the women to come. They deserve our respect and admiration.
Congratulations on your UK interview. That is very exciting.
Thanks so much for stopping by.